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Sharing grief via social media may help — or may invite cruel abuse

The Dive for Bailey Wind fundraiser at RPI's Robison Pool in Troy on Sunday, December 16, 2012.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
The Dive for Bailey Wind fundraiser at RPI's Robison Pool in Troy on Sunday, December 16, 2012.
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We used to express our grief with black crepe, silk and veils. Women wore jewelry made from coal and cameo necklaces of their lost child or husband. We cried under covers or in parlors. And when men wanted support, they often shared conversation over whiskey at the local bar. Today, grief can be expressed in more public ways — in the form of Facebook statuses, tweets and hashtags — and there can be a comfort ...


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