[NetBehaviour] Dying is no reason to give up online social life.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Apr 28 11:00:01 CEST 2009

Dying is no reason to give up online social life.

In today's world of always-connected social media, there's no reason to 
stop interacting online simply because you're dead.

A wave of new companies are starting to offer services such as virtual 
cemeteries where guests can visit and e-mail alerts set up by funeral 
homes to remind relatives near and wide about the anniversary of your death.

Some companies even offer to e-mail your wayward relatives in danger of 
being left behind when the Rapture whisks you to the threshold of the 
Pearly Gates.

While such services seem to reach beyond the grave, a growing generation 
of funeral customers refuse to let death have the final word.

"People have a desire to perpetuate not only for themselves, but for 
their loved ones, the story of their lives, and technology has all these 
new great ways of doing that," said John McQueen, owner of the Anderson 
McQueen funeral home.


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