A Facebook log is displayed on the screen of an iPad, Wednesday, May 16, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/James H. Collins)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)--Did you comment on a status today about someone's death? Facebook has become a place to spread the word about losing a loved one. It's a way you can comment back. But is it healthy? And what is appropriate to say back? We logged on to find out.
Tina Gregg's daughter Brooke Morris was shot and killed in Roane County 10 months ago. She waited a couple weeks before posting this on Facebook. Tina Gregg says, "I posted that I had lost one of the most important things in my life. Prayers came from everywhere and support came from everywhere."
It helped her grieve kept Brooke's memory alive and connected Tina with others in similar situations. Gregg says, "All the posts and pictures and her friends when they want to tell her they love her that's the only place we have now."
They've even kept up Brooke's personal profile. Gregg says, "It's been really helpful for me to go back and see the posts people have posted and the pictures. So no we won't delete that"
Psychologist Ron Brown says talking about your loss can help you heal. Psychologist Ron Brown says, "If someone's utilizing facebook it would say to me it's a healthy move."
Make sure you set boundaries. Dr. Brown says, "A professional person will be helpful in setting boundaries. So even on Facebook you don't go to far. If there's a positive response share a little bit more."
If you want to comment on someone's loss, less is better. Simply say, "I'm sorry about your loss."
Never say I know what you're feeling. If done correctly, Facebook can help people cope better with a loss.