Voice of Oman: Why the mourned deserve better on social media

28 Sep 2017
POSTED BY Y Magazine

close friend of mine passed away three years ago, and every time I miss him, I check his Instagram page.

His photographs and captions bring back a lot of memories, and they keep him remembered by his friends.

Last year, on my dear friend’s birthday, a family member of his posted condolences on his Facebook account.

It was heart-wrenching to many of his friends but it reminded us of the wide smile that rarely abandoned his face.

I know it sounds weird and quite heavy to keep following a dead person’s profile but, trust me, it is way harder to ‘unfollow’ one.

It comes as no surprise that ‘How to auto-delete your Facebook page after death?’ is a question that has been Googled very frequently.

I recently found out that Facebook has a ‘Memorialised Accounts’ service.

According to Facebook, this is “a way for people on Facebook to remember and celebrate those who’ve passed away”.

The service allows friends of the deceased to share memories, and the word ‘Remembering’ will be shown next to his/her profile name.

While surfing the web to learn more about Facebook and death, I came across a website called ifidie.net.

The application enables Facebook users to create a video or text message that will only be published after the death of an individual.

Social media helps to keep the legacy of our loved ones but shouldn’t people have the choice to escape the virtual life when leaving the real one?

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