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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Online Etiquette for Loss/Tragedy

I think it is easy for people to forget or not think about the importance of etiquette when posting online especially when some has experienced loss or a tragedy in their life. Facebook and other social media make it easy to express our sympathy to the individual who has experienced loss or a tragedy. I do think it appropriate to express condolences, words of encouragement, thoughts of prayer, meditations, or offer of support in a physical or spiritual way.

Things might want to avoid:
1) Pictures or (Tags) of those that were lost (this can be extremely painful for the individual experiencing the loss).

2)Links of media, news, or blogs about the loss or tragedy posted on the individuals social media page. It is one thing to post it on your own page to let people know but it can be a very difficult reminder of what happened to the person experiencing the loss.

3)Avoid anything you, yourself would not want on your own social media page during a similar experience in life.



Is there anything you would add to this? Have you experienced this or seen this on others pages? Do you think Online etiquette is important? Why or why not?

What do you think?
Share your thoughts.

22 Comments:

Anonymous Bryan said...

Just as in face to face etiquette demands consideration, so does online etiquette. I definitely think you've given us all food for thought. Thanks for sharing.

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Wade Tannehill said...

Pat cliches like "God has a plan" or "God won't give us more than we can handle" should be avoided at all costs. One is not ready to think of their tragedy as a part of God's plan when they are in the midst of grief (if ever). Moreover, who are any of us to speak for God? And the Bible doesn't say that we won't have more pain than we can bear, but that we won't have greater temptation than we can bear without a way of escape.

11:11 PM  
Anonymous Elizabeth Young said...

Hi Kinney, I just wanted to mention that you are mentioned in my latest post at The Garden Gate. Thought you might like to read! Best wishes brother. I will be posting shortly.

11:21 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Bryan,
Thanks for your comments. I appreciate it.

12:15 AM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Wade,
I totally agree. Pat cliches are the worst thing a person can offer a person experiencing loss, tragedy or trials in life. Well, said. Thanks for sharing and making that point.

12:16 AM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Elizabeth,
Thanks.

12:17 AM  
Blogger JD said...

Good discussion to have. I'm not sure I agree about the pictures ... I suppose that could be an individual call. I definitely think posting links to newspaper articles (especially if they relate to tragedy) is, on facebook, a faux pas. It may be unintentional, but put the link on your own page without linking it to someone else's page, especially someone who has been victimized. Everyone wants to say something, do something, make a difference ... but we must relegate ourselves to the truth - we can't. Make a note that you are remembering someone in prayer and that is sufficient. In the numbness that follows loss, nothing is remembered anyway. God does not need new angels (he can make them), nor "flowers for his garden", nor do we need to be reminded that our loved ones were only "loaned" to us. These are horrid ideas given to us by greeting card companies, not God. If you want to help, send money, do an act of service, or wait 3 months and send a reminder that you are still praying. Most everything else is lost in the fog of grief. Thanks Kinney!

12:21 AM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Thanks JD. I appreciate your comments and input on the topic. God bless you and all you do for others.

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