Dying In The Age of Social Media

by Eden on May 25, 2012

I have numerous stuff on my to-to do list that I’ve been dreading.

Cancelling cards, closing accounts, clearing the closet, cancelling the cell phone plan.

Its amazing how much work goes into clearing someone in this day and age of emails, facebook, electronic banking, etc.

Thank goodness my dad didn’t understand the concept of twitter or blogging. But its weird that I scroll through my phone’s contact list and I see “Aba” (what I called my dad) in there. Its weird that when I log into my gmail account on the computer here at home, I’m automatically in my dad’s email (he set it up that way).

It’s weird.

In some ways, its cool that the internet becomes an archive of who we were. But what happens when we die?

When we compose a will, we may ask for a Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) request and we may choose a preference for our remains (funeral or cremation). Should we start planning how our Facebook profile or twitter account will be handled post-mortem just as we would decide who gets our stamp collection? (We still collect stamps, right?)

I miss my dad so much it hurts, but I’m very happy I’ve choronicled his journey through cancer here on the blog. I’m happy that my readers were “introduced to him” (even if it was virtually) and that I can just go through one of my old posts and remember a happy memory I shared with my dad. So maybe its not such a good idea to erase EVERYTHING online.  Maybe its not weird or tacky.

So if I die (not that I’m planning on it) please keep my blog alive but whatever you do, don’t instagram my funeral.

When it comes to instagram, stick to puppies (or any animals).

Is it too morbid to contemplate your untimely death when on social media sites (blogging, facebook, twitter, etc)? Will you really care what event invites you are sent when you are dead? Or when you die in real life, do you want to be completely dead online as well?

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