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Online memorials help people to cope with loss

  • Nelson Mandela's death made thousands of admirers from all around the world to express their grief and sympathy online. Not all of them went to South Africa for the ceremony and the Internet proved to be an efficient medium.

    Reports suggest that 30 million users' profiles on Facebook have been converted into memorials, where their friends can post comments and photos. 

    Wake Forest University senior Hannah Rudder said she continued to check her high school acquaintance's Facebook profile for days after his death to see what people were saying to him. "I was amazed at the number of posts on his wall in the days after his death, from his closest friends to people that he never met, saying how he will be missed," Hannah said. 

    Rudder mentioned that she thinks there is no right or wrong way to grieve but what's important is to "show love and respect for that person" whether it's online or in private. 

    Facebook allows online memorials but can also delete those accounts upon the requests of immediate family members. Google, too, has a new feature, allowing users to determine what happens to their account should they die. 

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