Monday, June 25, 2007

Death networking: the latest e-trend

Now here is something emerging from the land of social networks - the rise of Death Networking: that is, online sites intended to bear tributes to the deceased now are gaining visitors who share grief and condolences:

And this truly is communal grief. From mothers who have lost babies in childbirth, to those whose relatives have died through suicide, virtual groups are springing up on the site to help the bereaved get in touch with each other. About 100 new memorials are created on Gone Too Soon every day, says site manager Nicola Davis.

"It's really snowballed in the last six months. As the site started to grow, we've seen more evidence of people networking, because they are realising how it can help them. Loads of people log in every day and leave candles and poems on others' tribute sites."

The site allows users to customise their pages by uploading photographs and music, and lets visitors leave their condolences and light virtual candles.

Read in full in The Independent - 'Death networking: the latest e-trend'


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