We live our lives online. Baby photos are uploaded, homework is emailed in, long lost friends are found via social media and we meet our future mates through online services. In nearly every field the web has revolutionized how work is done. We are memorialized online too; obituaries are posted and even funeral services can now be streamed. And we leave behind a digital legacy of all the online accounts we maintained in our lifetimes. We are now in the age of Digital Dying.
This blog explores trends in death and the industries it touches, examines perceptions and practices regarding dying, both past and present and also looks at the living, and how we anticipate, recover from and are even inspired by death.
For over 5 years Digital Dying was written exclusively by Justin Nobel, whose stories about science, culture and travel have appeared in publications such as the Chicago Tribune, Audubon, Gourmet.com, Nunatsiaq News, Point Reyes Light and The Smart Set. Justin is now a part-time contributor so he has turned over the reigns to Digital Dying to the Funeralwise staff of writers. Bios of our writing team will be posted in the coming days.