Some really sad family news today has prompted me to re-visit this question..when a friend or family member dies, what should you do regarding the contact details all over your technology?
I am talking mobile phone details, MSN contact, Skype contact, Twitter, Facebook, email etc etc.
A year ago a really close friend died – out of the blue – I still have his name and number on my mobile phone and feel I can’t delete it as it would be disrespectful (I know, crazy!).
With the sudden death of a close family member today, my Daughter, an 11 year old, said “I am never deleting him off MSN”. She spoke with my wife’s Uncle almost daily on MSN, they were close and it is a heartbreaking seeing your child so upset but the underlying question is, what should we do with contacts after their death?
I know everyone needs to grieve and some find different things help aid the recovery and help get through the pain. But is there a kind-of unwritten rule with technology?
What have you done, did you delete the contact from your phone or removed them from your MSN or Skype? I have to say I am struggling to know what tell my Daughter to do and guess she’ll probably remove the contact one day, but the longer it stays, the longer it becomes a personal memorial – clearly I will do nothing right now as it is so fresh.
Any ideas appreciated.