For our family it has been a huge benefit to be so connected via social media. Coincidentally, this is the field Michael was studying through online BCIT courses and implementing at work. Staying in touch through Facebook pages, "In Loving Memory of Mike Gibson" and "Love and Prayers for Kelly", helped all of us immensely. To witness the online connection and support for our family and friends was overwhelming. People sharing their love, memories, prayers and photos on those sites continues to give us strength. Of course, this was in addition to all the cards, flowers, food, calls and visits we received. It's not as if social media replaced the more traditional gestures of support but rather, it added a whole other dimension that we would not have had available to us if this had happened ten years ago, and for that I am grateful.
( Further to this, see Greg Hoekstra's article Thursday, March 31st in the North Shore Outlook newspaper) http://www.bclocalnews.com/greater_vancouver/northshoreoutlook/news/119008559.html