When my mother got sick two years ago from cancer, I spent a lot of time utilizing Facebook as a way to raise money for her treatments, by posting information through an online fundraising account and updating information on how she was doing via Facebook. I did this because Facebook was the largest platform that I could think of to reach the largest number of people. Last fall, when she passed away, I felt it was only appropriate to post about it on Facebook since she her friends were following her progress there. That day, I received over 200 Facebook likes and comments. I also got a handful of text messages and calls, but only one person showed up at my house the whole first month I was grieving. Why was this? I realized in that moment that Shiva has dramatically changed in this new digital age. When it comes to death (and other uncomfortable subjects), it is easier to post a comment on Facebook or send a text than it is to go to someone’s house and be with them in person.
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