If you're a reader of my blog, you already know that I am not a fan of Facebook condolences. And so I faced a dilemma. Many of my friends and family members knew my dear friend and I wanted to share the news of her death and yet I was not up to phone calls. So I did what everyone does when they want to spread the word; I wrote a Facebook post.
I took the time to write and edit my tribute in Word and then I posted it with a wonderful photo of my friend and myself. It did the trick in getting the word out and amazingly, it comforted me. I must have read the post numerous times as I was processing the news of her sudden and unexpected death. And I hope that it will comfort my friend's beloved spouse and precious daughters.
Have I changed my mind on Facebook and death? Yes and no; I doubt I will stop writing sympathy notes and condolence messages on Facebook will never be a substitute for written condolence messages. But, I will participate in paying tribute on Facebook to those we love and lose.