Death and mourning as sources of community participation in online social networks: R.I.P. pages in Facebook
"Although most often mourning of a death is done privately within tight knit communities, online social networking sites and particularly Facebook R.I.P. pages are creating public participation in the memorialization of those who have passed".
The way we have mourned has changed dramatically since technology has taken a foothold in peoples lives. Once thought of terrible manners to share the news of a friend, acquaintance or loved ones death online, is now commonplace.
This mode of communication can help build a sense of community, especially when one is unable to be with the family or gather at the service.