MIT Technology Review: Inside the metaverse meetups that let people share on death, grief, and pain

MIT Technology Review: Inside the metaverse meetups that let people share on death, grief, and pain. “Death Q&A is a weekly hour-long session built around grappling with mortality, where attendees often open up about experiences and feelings they’ve shared with no one else. Bright, cartoon-like avatars represent the dozen or so people who attend each meetup, freed by VR’s combination of anonymity and togetherness to engage strangers with an earnestness we typically reserve for rare moments, if we reveal it at all.”

University of Bristol: Good Grief announces first mini-festival about ‘Grief + Memory’

University of Bristol: Good Grief announces first mini-festival about ‘Grief + Memory’. “The hugely popular Grief Channel, a spin-off from the original Festival, now has its own YouTube channel, with all its content free to access and share…. In another development, later this year the team will launch a new website, the Grief Hub, providing curated resources and signposting to a host of organisations and content from charities and groups across the UK.”

MakeUseOf: 7 Websites to Create Obituaries and Memorials Online

MakeUseOf: 7 Websites to Create Obituaries and Memorials Online. “Obituaries and memorials are a great way to highlight your loved ones’ experiences through the lives that they lived, But when you are mourning, it can be difficult to think about how to structure an obituary and what to include in it. Fortunately, there are tools available online to guide you during that process. In this article, you’ll find seven websites to help you create obituaries and memorials for your loved ones.”

New York Times: Katie Gregson-MacLeod Sang About a ‘Complex’ Love. TikTok Responded.

New York Times: Katie Gregson-MacLeod Sang About a ‘Complex’ Love. TikTok Responded.. “Vulnerability is contagious, and TikTok, which allows users to both imbibe and amplify at the same time, is an optimal accelerant. The success of ‘Complex’ reflects the evolving priorities of TikTok, which in its first couple of years was best known as an accelerant for dance trends, novelty songs and meme-able comedy, but is now just as often a home for sorrow. The shift reflects a partial maturation of the medium somewhere beyond pure escape.”

Washington Post: Ukraine is scanning faces of dead Russians, then contacting the mothers

Washington Post: Ukraine is scanning faces of dead Russians, then contacting the mothers. “Ukrainian officials have run more than 8,600 facial recognition searches on dead or captured Russian soldiers in the 50 days since Moscow’s invasion began, using the scans to identify bodies and contact hundreds of their families in what may be one of the most gruesome applications of the technology to date.”

Mashable: #GriefTok allows TikTokkers to celebrate life and express loss

Mashable: #GriefTok allows TikTokkers to celebrate life and express loss. “Today, GriefTok is creating a new setting for conversations about grief, with TikTok proving a space for discussing the universal experience of loss. Grief has become a subgenre on the app, with TikTokkers sharing stories of death and remembering lost loved ones through photographs, video, and narration.”

New York Times: Children, Coping With Loss, Are Pandemic’s ‘Forgotten Grievers’

New York Times: Children, Coping With Loss, Are Pandemic’s ‘Forgotten Grievers’. “Although Congress has allocated trillions of dollars to combat the pandemic, including more than $100 million for existing children’s mental health programs and $122 billion for schools, the Biden administration and lawmakers have not yet created initiatives specifically for the tens of thousands of children who have lost parents and primary caregivers to Covid-19.”

NPR: How unresolved grief could haunt children who lost a parent or caregiver to COVID

NPR: How unresolved grief could haunt children who lost a parent or caregiver to COVID. “The number of U.S. deaths from COVID-19 has surpassed 775,000. But left behind are tens of thousands of children — some orphaned entirely — after their parents or a grandparent who cared for them died. In this report co-produced with the NewsHour, Kaiser Health News correspondent Sarah Varney looks at the risks these grieving children face to their well-being, both in the short and long term.”

CTV News: First of its kind website aims to provide resources about palliative care for kids

CTV News: First of its kind website aims to provide resources about palliative care for kids. “The website aims to serve as a hub to connect people with services and other families who may be going through many of the same challenges. It also has pages walking families through the impact on members of the family outside of the child who is suffering, as well as resources on how to plan for end of life care and the grieving process.”

NBC News: What would a Covid memorial look like? Designers share ideas for ‘unprecedented’ tribute

NBC News: What would a Covid memorial look like? Designers share ideas for ‘unprecedented’ tribute. “Many now intend to make sure this pandemic doesn’t get lost to history like the last one. While it will most likely be years before anyone builds a Covid memorial in Washington, architects, artists and people touched by the pandemic from around the world are already thinking about ways to remember it, which might require reinventing the idea of memorials.”

‘I wish I could say this would be the end’ | Mourners pause as National Cathedral funeral bell tolls for 700K COVID deaths (WUSA)

WUSA: ‘I wish I could say this would be the end’ | Mourners pause as National Cathedral funeral bell tolls for 700K COVID deaths. “It didn’t have to be an inexorable march towards death and defeat. Yet Tuesday evening, mourners and members of the public gathered on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral, as its massive funeral bell tolled for America’s more than 700,000 COVID dead. It was an astounding number – 700 plangent peals of the funeral bell, which was used before the pandemic to mourn the loss of presidents, senators, and luminaries of American life.”