Please Read This Before You Post Another RIP On Social Media.
There's nothing more painful than losing a loved one. But aside from the sadness that comes along with it, there are also certain tasks that one has to deal with, like informing other family members, checking with the doctors among others.
Along with other things, you also have to post the grieving message on the social media so that you can inform people.
#4 The Grieving Message On Social Media
Though it sounds silly, let's face it, in the age of social media, grieving on it has become a part of it, so much so that a woman named Taya Dunn Johnson, wrote the following open letter after her husband’s death, titled " Please read this before you post another RIP on social media"
Irked with a call from a person who read about his husband's death on Facebook and called her, she wrote this letter out to everyone, she says that everyone must understand that there is a hierarchy of grief.
#3 The Hierarchy Of Grief
Then, she goes on to explain what does this mean, "When someone dies — whether suddenly or after a prolonged illness, via natural causes or an unnatural fate, a young person in their prime or an elderly person with more memories behind them than ahead — there is one universal truth : The ripples of people who are affected is vast and, at times, largely unknown to all other parties.
A death is always a gut punch with varying degrees of force and a reminder of our own mortality. Most people are moved to express their love for the deceased by showing their support to the family and friends left behind.
#2 The Age of Social Media
However, in the age of social media along with calls and messages, there are also Facebook posts, RIP tweets and Instagram collages. Now, we don't have any rules of posting out these messages, so we have made ours, and we just post out these messages shocking the core family members more.
Hence, she again focusses on it, saying that it is not wrong to post your grieving message on social media, but you should wait and consider how close you are to the deceased person
If the person is married, let the spouse post first.
If the person is “young” and single, let the partner, parents, or siblings post first.
If the person is “old” and single, let the children post first.
If you can’t identify the family/inner circle of the person, you probably shouldn’t be posting at all.
#1 Think Before You Act
So, just think a little before you act. It will go a long way. She further adds, if we each adopted a little patience and restraint in this area, we would help those who are in the darkest hours of their lives by not adding an unnecessary layer of stress.
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