With living in the digital age, dealing with a loved one’s passing has changed quite a bit. Everything from how the passing of the deceased is announced to what needs to be taken care of after they are gone is different. Even how you find cremation services in Michigan City, IN., has changed now that it’s normally by an online search.
Let’s look a little more at how the digital age of social media and the internet has changed the way we handle the different aspects of a loved one’s passing.
Before the time of social media, the family would announce the passing of the loved one by writing an obituary and publishing it in the local newspaper. While this practice is still going on today, there are now several other outlets to consider.
Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Instagram are just a few of the social media channels the deceased might have had. On those accounts, the family may wish to publish a post stating the passing of the loved one. For each of those platforms, there are different rules and regulations for getting permission to post so the family would have to look into each induvial platform’s process.
How We View Funerals
In the past, if you couldn’t attend the memorial service or ash scattering ceremony in person, you just missed out. But now, these services are able to be live streamed over the internet. This means that the people who cannot attend in person can still partake and honor the deceased.
The people who can’t attend in person would be given a link to a website or to a social media channel and view the services virtually online. While attending these services in person is of course the first option, live streaming is a wonderful way for giving more people the availability to be included.
When finding help with the grieving process, support groups have always been a very helpful option. With in-person groups, you can share your story, listen to others, and really connect with the other people that you are seeing face-to-face.
However, now there are hundreds of support groups online that you can attend or join. One of the most common places to find these groups is on Facebook. You will find groups that are for general help as well as very specific groups (ex: help with grieving the loss of a spouse). With so many groups, you can find the perfect group for your needs.
With technology comes change. This is apparent in how we deal with a loved one’s passing. With social media and live streaming options, more people are now able to be involved in the honoring of the deceased.
While an obituary in the newspaper would only reach the local audience, a post on a social media platform such as Facebook could reach hundreds. This is nice when the family needs to notify many people over many different areas.
If you would like more online resources or have questions on how digital media can play a role in your loved one’s cremation services in Michigan City, IN., call the experienced staff at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center as they are always here to help.