Social media is so much a part of everybody’s lives today. When you’re bereaved it can be helpful but it can also raise challenges.
Social media can provide a support network, whether that’s your family and friends or support groups of people who have had similar experiences to you. It can also be a good way to keep in touch with family and friends who might live far away.
Posting on social media can be a good way to share your feelings, rather than keeping them bottled up. But it’s important to remember that everyone can then see what you’ve posted and you can’t take it back.
If you’re feeling down and having a tricky time with your own thoughts and feelings, social media can make you feel more isolated. Many grieving young people say that they feel different from everyone else and can feel isolated, and social media can make this feeling worse.
Many social media networks remind you of special dates like birthdays and anniversaries which can be difficult if a notification pops up when you’re not ready for it.