Facebook, other websites transforming into new grieving and recovery ground for families

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  • lotzakids Alpine, UT
    Feb. 24, 2014 3:49 p.m.

    I understand that Facebook isn't the be-all and end-all of life. But when your child has a rare disorder, when there's only three others like him in the whole state, it's a good thing to connect with other parents, because globally, at least we number into the 100's.

    And frankly, when your child dies, as much as they want to, family and friends just can't "get it." And grieving parents scare other parents. Intellectually, we know that it's not contagious. But emotions often aren't clear thinking. When someone else is walking that path, they can offer support that is priceless.

    We NEED the global support that is found in social networking. It saves sanity, and frankly saves lives. With rare disorders, even the doctors are often stumped. Funny, mine often ask what my other mom-friends have suggested when we're making a medical plan of action.

    There is a place for Facebook and other social networking sights. And I'm very grateful for them.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Feb. 24, 2014 12:41 p.m.

    This is an outrageous substitute for real grieving and comforting. As usual, Facebook is a pernicious evil which displaces reality.

    Parents who grieve should be comforted face to face, not over some social networking site. Is the general public now so lazy that it cannot be bothered to comfort those who grieve in person? Online messages pig condolence are worthless substitutes for real carrying.

    Facebook is destroying the public's ability to engage in real conversation. It should be as the tool of societal destruction that it is!