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Pros and Cons of Grieving the Loss of an Addicted Loved One on Social Media

Social media is a convenient way to keep in touch with friends and loved ones. It’s also helpful when we read news articles someone has posted, or informative articles we may not have seen otherwise. There’s always something on there to laugh about or to share. Many of us like to give regular updates about our personal life such as vacations, new cars, job promotions, new relationship status, and so on. We feel connected, noticed, and popular. Of course, with this daily exposure into our personal lives, we should be careful about the specifics of some of the details we share. For instance, in recent years, we’ve been advised not to post our vacation plans until after we return because the wrong person can find out our home is empty for a few days and rob us blind while we’re away.

Addiction and Social Media

Besides the obvious dangers of sharing too many details online, there are some other things we should be extremely careful or sensitive about sharing. For instance, if an addicted friend or loved one has died from drug or alcohol abuse, it is wise not to post too much about their drug overdose facts on social media. There are a number of reasons why you need to be very selective about what you post regarding this loss. For instance, there are some things about a person’s death you should not make public such as:

  • Never post about a person’s death before a family member approves.
  • Don’t post pictures of the funeral.
  • Posting “selfies” of yourself at the funeral is highly insensitive.
  • Have respect for the family. Don’t post pictures or letters or other things that were personal between you and the deceased. Offer, in person, to make those things available to the family if they have a desire to see them.
  • Don’t announce the funeral arrangements. That is up to the family to share. Once they have announced the information, then it acceptable to share the plans.

Sometimes, it’s just not all that important to be the first one to make a post about something. When it comes to posting about someone’s unfortunate death, it’s more important to show that you can be considerate and respectful.

Reaching Out for Support on Social Media

When a loved one dies, many people reach out across the miles to seek solace from loved ones by using social media. Also, they receive a lot of condolences and support from friends and strangers by sharing their feelings online. Using Facebook or Twitter or any of the other popular social media platforms, we can talk to hundreds of people in a short time span and gain a sense of not being alone in our grief. However, we need to remember that the sympathy and support are short-lived and all those posts will dwindle away in no time at all. If you participate in sharing your grief on social media, be prepared to see something that could upset you or cause you to feel worse than you already feel. There’s always that one person who manages to say the wrong things at the wrong time, and they’re on all the social media all day, every day.

If your friend or loved one had a drug or alcohol problem that caused his or her death, how much about the drug death facts do you need to share on social media? Of course, it’s an entirely personal decision. However, it is advisable that you avoid telling too many details as a preventative measure. The less you reveal, the fewer unsavory comments you’ll be subjected to. Share the good memories, but keep the other ones to yourself for your own peace of mind.

You can learn more about the pros and cons of sharing grief online by calling our toll-free number today. One of our representatives will be available to answer your questions about this and any subject regarding drug overdose statistics and treatment for addiction. Call today.