Grief in the Age of Social Media

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Grief in the Age of Social Media

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“He was extraordinarily strong, healthy, and vibrant until the moment he was gone… He will always be only 30 years old.”

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few weeks ago, scrolling past my Instagram feed in a post-work daze, I was shaken out of my complacency by this heartbreaking post. A lady I’d never met, or even heard of, had suddenly lost her husband. Instagram was promoting her profile, which had since turned into a tribute for the man she loved. “I continue to share our story, and Jacob’s memory, because it’s my best way to keep him alive in conversation,” read Anjali Pinto’s caption under a photograph of her and her late spouse. The Chicago-based photographer has posted regularly since his passing, talking about the things they shared, and how much affection they held for each other.

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