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So it's usually a complimentary service and you can write a digital obituary can leave grandpa a candle. He can give grandma teddy beer and you can even send virtual flowers online and it's sort of a place that would stay up. I don't remember how long probably a long time. So people could visit it. That's right. So they most funeral homes have kind of digital archive that remains online so you can go back and visit it. I've seen these archives go back as far as ten, twelve years, and then people will leave their remembrances. And so instead of having a f- physical or material guest books you would time the did. Guest guestbook. So have social media like Facebook or places like that played a role here to? Yes. So social media is definitely in a place where I think most people are seeing changing notions of grief online, and I think it's been really interesting to watch the kind of progress because now there's actually ritualized procedures that we see across social media, whether it's in China or Mexico or the United States. You see things like people posting a picture of the deceased writing a message annually on the day of the death, writing a message on the day of the birth, and then just revisiting the social media pages AM Facebook or writing someone on Twitter. Whenever one is reminded the deceased doing there must be apps for that though. So it's just the website there are. So there's some interesting afs like in China, they have a tradition called Qingming where you go back to the tomb and clean the tomb. And honor the deceased annually. And so in China, now they actually the government has sponsored an app so that their purpose is to reduce transportation pollution. And so you can actually instead of going back to Grandpa's grave and cleaning it, you can simply visit him online while you're riding the subway and burn some incense, leave a prayer and send a message virtual incense. Wow, I understand that people have also started tying the physical space of death to the digital space, like with ghost bikes, right? Where people have died on a bicycle and are spaces, they're sort of geo Tae. Yeah. Yeah, so ghost bikes are something that emerged a few years ago and so bikers were being killed in and as a way to remember them, people would buy a second-hand bike at, say, a goodwill or Salvation Army, and then paint it white. So it would look like a ghostly bike in the physical landscape, then they would put a biography and the person that was killed in basically right and narrative of how that person was killed. The idea was to challenge the political space of cars and try to get people to think about the fact that a lot of bikers are killed, and the narratives are usually written like, oh, no biker ran into the door of the car instead of, you know, so. So it kind of puts the fault on the biker. So the ghost bike movement was I started to challenge those narratives to make people more aware of how many people are killed on bikes annually. So they place these ghost bikes in the Fisk. Space where the person was killed, and then there's a virtual map online where you can visit every by in his GPS location, and then actually read the story, the person that was killed there interesting was the science Friday from WNYC studios. Amai replay to- talking about ghost bikes and other online ways to talk about death with a candy can't. She's associate professor at Baylor University and author of virtual after lives. Grieving the dead and the twenty first century of something else that you you. You mention our QR codes were putting cure codes on gravesites. Yes. So is popular in the United States in historical locations where you can put a QR code onto a gravestone..

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