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(The Atlantic)   Social media has changed how we die. #deathbed #readingthewill   (theatlantic.com) divider line 11
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2013-08-21 11:42:12 AM
...And to my Facebook husband of 11 weeks, I bequeth my entire Farmville cow collection in the hope that you can finally get the f***ing glow in the dark one
 
2013-08-21 11:44:56 AM
OK, death rattle is coming out. #finally
 
2013-08-21 11:50:31 AM
Did his mother think she was Ethel Merman?
 
2013-08-21 12:00:22 PM
Dead men take no selfies.
 
2013-08-21 12:05:02 PM
i thought this was gonna be an article about trying to get sites like facebook to delete the accounts of dead people.  i remember an article awhile ago about some families were upset that facebook would not delete accounts without user verification, but the user had died.
 
2013-08-21 12:14:53 PM
I hate Twitter and hashtags.

That said, being more generally aware of the tough (and sometimes liberating) realities of dying is usually a good thing.
 
2013-08-21 12:34:00 PM
Poop is coming out.  Bye.
 
2013-08-21 12:44:43 PM
derp
#yolo
 
2013-08-21 01:33:46 PM
An important website for when you die:  http://www.deadmansswitch.net/
 
2013-08-21 05:04:43 PM
We all die, and there's a lot of folks with no clue about the impact that will make on the folks we care about.  Death isn't something to be swept under a rug.. it's something that SHOULD be on the table and discussed a bit,  if only to form opinions about how people can structure Wills, or the difficulties people have when paying for viewings and burials, etc.

If nothing else.. if this is the only time it crosses your mind this year, take the time to communicate your wishes.. discover what costs are, see if you really want to put your loved ones in that kind of debt, or are there cheaper options that seem appropriate to you?  Or does your religion decree that you MUST have a certain type of burial, and should you prearrange it so that your loved ones aren't trying to figure it all out and/or footing the bill.

Finally, the biggest cited concern of anyone losing a loved one (or clearly on the road to losing a loved one) is that one day they may not recall what they looked/sounded like, Or (sometimes worse) they can only recall what they looked like in their finals days.   It's true, and happens, if you haven't considered that possibility, and gotten some pictures squirreled away, and hopefully some family videos... Or maybe one day the NSA will help with that? ;)  If it is addressed, it can be handled in a mere few minutes.. if it's not addressed, it can be forgotten until it's too late.

Make it a part of America's consciousness, understand what it means to lose someone, and understand what you'll be doing to those you leave behind.  You can't stop it from occurring, but you CAN smooth the path for them.   Learn about death benefits, and what things can affect those benefits.  What are you going to do when your parents die? what about if only ONE dies?

I've always wondered if it would reduce the suicide rates in this country as people began to understand the effects of death on those around the one who died.

It doesn't ALL have to be depressing...  I've got a list of little things that I hope folks will carry through on.. Like the name "Deadguy" on a tombstone, and a 5-minute delay of my body being taken to the gravesite, so I can officially be late to my own funeral (pardon the pun). An inscription with a concealed message (first letter of each line)..   There's a bunch of little things, and I'm trying to figure-out how to prepay for them, and have the stipulation that if anything on my list is going to increase the cost of my funeral to those that I leave behind, then absolutely do not carry them out.
 
2013-08-21 06:22:23 PM
It wasn't exactly a deathbed get-together, but a bunch of online friends and I once held a "going away" party for one of our own who was terminally ill.  Sad, but I think in the end we were all better people for it.
 
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