Once on Facebook. Once on LinkedIn. One friend’s birthday and another’s work anniversary, respectively, appeared on my screen.

One I knew died way too early. I knew him almost all my life as we grew up across the street from each other. He drove me to school when my parents thought I was waiting for the bus.

The other, I wished a happy work anniversary, and as I found out yesterday from a mutual connection, had died over a year ago of after a brave fight with cancer, so imagine my shock when she advised me of this.

Help the families with handling their social media presence as part of their past life: they can be memorialized on Facebook and their profiles removed from LinkedIn.

So this most unwelcome surprise doesn’t happen to someone else as it just did to me.

In doing so, you help honor their memory.