As social networking sites make internet communication more accessible to the people who weren’t online a few years ago, those of us who’ve been around for a few years are made more and more uncomfortable by their sincere use of the technology. It’s bizarre to watch people mourn online.
What is wrong with people taking pictures of corpses in coffins? Is that going to make it in the scrap book? Fucking creepy as hell, if you ask me. What a way to remember someone. My brother passed away years ago & seeing him in that coffin will stay with me forever. I don’t need a fucking picture as documentation. Fucking weirdos man.
Eh, I don’t like the funeral pics or open caskets, but it’s just not that uncommon or weird. Or even new.
In the US people used to pose their dead loved ones for a final picture that would go in the family death album. Death was just another part of life, and it was a way to remember the loved one in the final stage.
Pictures of young corpses make me really sad though.
Why do so many people put pictures up from funerals on facebook? I’ve never been to one, but I’d always presumed there were some unwritten funeral etiquette rules, and that not running around taking pictures to then put on the internet would be one of the main ones? Clearly I have been naive.
Actually, I feel bad for the girl whose grandma died on Thanksgiving. I had the same thing happen a few years back when I was away at college. I was planning on going home and spending Thanksgiving with my friends, and when my mom picked me up, she said, “We’re not going home, your grandpa died and we’re going to his funeral.” Surprise!
I don’t have a problem with the corpse pic. But then I’m an atheist, and all I see is a mound of rotting flesh because it stopped being the person it was when it died. I don’t believe that corpses are sacred and think cemeteries are nothing but a waste of perfectly good land. Cremate us all, I say!
I actually dated a guy once whose father would take pictures at funerals and then send the pictures to the family. They were actually always grateful for them, to have a record of the moment and of who was there. Strange, but true. I think he only took pictures of the casket if it was closed, though. It would certainly be creepy to just get pictures of your dead relative in the mail one day.
@goatunit – Might want to rethink that one for a moment. The fact my computer stops working when the motherboard conks out doesn’t mean that the operating system continues to function on some alternative plane of existence. Death is a critical hardware failure; there’s no reason (absence evidence of the contrary) to imagine the software is working ‘somewhere else’ when the hardware is kaput.
Worse than using Facebook as the forum to tell people someone you know has died is when your friends and family use Facebook to “console” you. When my grandpa died, I had more people post to my wall saying sorry than called me. Thanks, guys.
I finally had to join so I could comment… that last one reminds me of Harry Potter. ONLY because of the scarf, and I actually do post pics of people mostly as memorial, so yeah I’m weird like the pictures above except I don’t think I added the pic of my grandpa in the casket… only my grandma cleaning the stain on the cloth with a cleaner pen teehee
March 5th, 2010 at 5:28 am
@ Ben No, those are his arms, it’s on the other side too.
March 5th, 2010 at 11:37 am
I also don’t see any arms on that last one…a pillow…but no arms…is it just my bad eyesight? I can’t believe I stared at that pic so long….
Okay. The guy’s wearing a light blue dress shirt, a sweater vest, and a scarf. For whatever reason, the shirt sleeve on the left side (facing the screen) is just poofier than the one on the right. Then, the last dark stripe on the scarf lines up with the bottom of the sweater vest, and the next red stripe is contrasting with the khaki slacks he’s wearing.
I’m at work, so I just paid to sit here and stare at the picture long enough to figure out his wardrobe. How sad is that?