What happens to a Facebook page when someone dies?

By Emmanuel Narokobi

2009 started on a particularly somber note for my family and friends. A good friend and wantok passed away in the prime of his youth on New Years day. Even more ironic that today is also his birthday. Life throws us a whole lot of things and I guess in the end it all boils down to what we do with it. Its so frustrating yet sobering to realise how fragile life is. I don’t want to talk too much about my friends death but as I was sitting at the haus krai over the weekend a thought came to mind as to what exactly happens to a facebook page when someone dies?

http://californiastudiesblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/facebook.jpg?w=300&h=225As I expected his facebook page now has several messages of sorrow on it, but as time goes on I would not want to delete him as a friend because that would seem a bit cold and although I want to remember him it seems a bit creepy to keep having a decased friend as a Facebook friend. Maybe there should be a system where if 2 family members or 10 friends can vote that a person is dead then the page could be deleted or there could be a unique Facebook page for decased friends where we could still remember them. So it becomes like a virtual graveyard where we can go to visit to tell them what we are thinking and feeling at the time.

Sorry if all this sounds abit morbid but if the internet is where we now rejoice life each day, why cant it also be a place to remember loved ones and the happiness they brought to each and every one of us.