Symposium Spotlight: Grief and the Internet (Pamela Gabbay)
The Internet has become an integral part of our everyday lives. As a society, we celebrate our triumphs and our tragedies online, as well as, our good days and our bad. The Internet is also used to express our grief and remember the people in our lives that have died. This presentation will explore and discuss the ways that children, adolescents and their families utilize the Internet when they are grieving. It will also examine the role of social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter when individuals are bereaved. Additionally, this presentation will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using the Internet as a means to cope with grief. Ample time will be given for questions and discussion.