In the middle of high school, I changed schools when an old classmate died at 17; I found out through Facebook – through an R.I.P- post. At first I thought it was a prank - luckily I didn't see it on twitter as I would have asked if it was a joke, which I initially thought it was - until the outpouring of comments began and I called up a friend (still at the school) to confirm.
What this experience did was change what death did mean to me? Social media had become a first point of contact when being informed of the death of an old classmate. Later it would become a remembrance site for her friends and family.
This role social media plays in dealing with death and loss is explored in ABC article. It examines the complexity of death in social media in particular Facebook.
It raised many questions for me around this grey area? Is social media (when related to death) a comfort or a menace?
On my old classmates memorialised Facebook page, a video was posted of her drinking (and the antics that followed) - that while I am sure was meant in good humour - her family was upset by. Personally, I think that the laws or social conduct around Facebooks memorialised accounts is still an issue - with rules or guideline need to be put in a pop-up notification or at the top of the account to prevent such events occurring (especially over simple misunderstandings) that can turn the memorialised account into a war zone.