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Virtual AfterlivesGrieving the Dead in the Twenty-First Century$
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Candi K. Cann

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813145419

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813145419.001.0001

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Speaking to the Dead: Social Network Sites and Public Grieving

Speaking to the Dead: Social Network Sites and Public Grieving

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(p.105) 4 Speaking to the Dead: Social Network Sites and Public Grieving
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Virtual Afterlives
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Candi K. Cann

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813145419.003.0005

Internet memorials, including tombstone Internet links with virtual memorials, funeral home memorials, Internet grieving websites, and social network sites of deceased persons, illustrate that the language of grief is both popular and spontaneous. Internet grieving allows for marginal discourse to circumvent traditional modes of bereavement by reclaiming mourning discourse and the ways we talk about (and think about) the dead.

Keywords:   Tombstone memorials, Internet memorials, Virtual memorials, Social network memorials, Suicide, Death, Boston Marathon bombings, QR codes

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