The Digital Memories Study
These days we live so much of our lives online and using devices. As we click, like, mail, tweet and surf, we leave traces of ourselves in digital spaces.
When someone dies, these traces can live on after their death. In the past, when a person died, the bereaved could look back at physical memories of the dead: photographs, letters, and personal effects.
In the digital age, bereaved family and friends can also have access to a great range of digital memories of the dead: photos, emails, social media accounts, messages, videos etc.
The Digital Memories Study is a research project being undertaken at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, to explore the experience of being bereaved of a person who has left behind digital traces.
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This study is the first of its kind to explore this new and growing phenomenon. We know little about the digital-age experience of bereavement and understanding it is hugely important. Constant modern developments mean that our technologies are becoming increasingly involved in our lives and those born today are creating digital traces of their entire lifespans.
Understanding this phenomenon and developing responses to it is therefore not only important now, but for the digital-era bereavement horizons ahead.