Grief & Suffering
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Digital life after death

Technology | Few people are prepared emotionally or practically for handling social media and other digital accounts after a loved one dies
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/23/19, 11:25 am

The crime remained unsolved, but the victim’s Facebook profile remained active.

Someone murdered Jean Tuggy, 61, who lived alone, back in 2016 in her home just outside of State College, Pa. In addition to the tornado of grief and shock over her death, her family had to absorb the social media response to her death. Her daughter Bekah Tuggy Fisher recalled that the news rippled onto her mother’s Facebook profile page, where people were posting outraged and heartbroken notes. 

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The discipline of listening

Grief & Suffering | For the aching heart, an open ear may be the best comfort
by Sophia Lee
Posted 9/24/19, 02:43 pm

Lately I’ve found myself receiving numerous cries for comfort from my friends. They are cries of anxiety, grief, depression, loneliness, and suffering. As I struggle to respond to them, I am reminded once again that nothing is harder—and yet nothing is easier—than caring for someone in pain.

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Dozens killed in dive-boat fire

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/02/19, 03:30 pm

Rescue workers have confirmed the deaths of 25 people and say nine others are missing after a fire on a scuba diving boat Monday off the coast of Southern California. The Coast Guard said it received a mayday call about 3:15 a.m. and arrived at the scene to find the Conception engulfed in flames. Five crew members survived by jumping overboard shortly after the blaze broke out.

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