Is there a prescribed etiquette for notifying people of a death in the age of technology? As I Googled for the answer, I came across a common dilemma: How does one inform non-local friends of a loved one’s passing? The usual way for local friends is a notice in the paper and word of mouth around town (which, in reality, is not all that reliable). Is it acceptable to use email, Text, Facebook, Tweet, or even post information about a funeral announcement on Instagram?

Funeral Announcements: Should I Email, Call, Text, Or Use Social Media?

Making Funeral Announcements Work

As technology advances faster than social graces, what is the right thing to do?  I have been pondering this dilemma. The last death notification I received came via email. It got the job done but was a little impersonal.

Plus, I’m really bad at checking my email regularly and was fortunate to catch it. Although a personal phone call seems like the best option, it is time-consuming, emotionally draining, and unnecessary in the age of technology. Does anyone really call about anything anymore? In fact, is it common for people to even answer their cell phones? If one does call, then there must be a pen and paper on hand to write down the information regarding funeral arrangements. Again, it seems so outdated.

And then, on the other hand, social media seems completely inappropriate. How do I post a picture along with funeral arrangements for dear Uncle Al next to the pictures of the party I attended last Saturday. I’m not an expert, but I believe someone’s passing deserves more merit and needs a more authentic presence.

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