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The Digital Mystique by Sarah Granger

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CHAPTER TEN

WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND

“The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”

—William James, American philosopher and psychologist

In January of 2011, my dad died suddenly of a heart attack. I was totally unprepared emotionally for the grief that ensued. I remember feeling trapped in time—somehow his death didn’t seem real to me, yet it was the most real thing I had ever felt—and I needed to make sense of it. In this dreary state, I drifted online; my tendency as a digital native was to share my experience as part of my grieving process. After a pause, I posted the news of the death—making it more real to me, and allowing others who knew him to become informed and to grieve with me. Over time, I shared more details ...

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