Writing an announcement can feel like a heavy responsibility; while it is a difficult and often heart-wrenching task, it can also be a healing balm for your grief. Despite the pain, our lives are better and richer because our loved one was and still is part of our lives, generating a legacy to honor your loved one with TGGF not only helps you move through your grief but can help you live a better life.
Consider that the announcement does two things: notifies the public of the facts surrounding the life and death of the deceased and shares a biographical sketch of someone you knew intimately and for whom you cared deeply.
When creating a message for TGGF social media about a loved one's death, memorial or tribute is a way to grieve and memorialize them. However, it's important to consider your social media followers and whether they know yet about their loved one's death (if that is the case.) No one should have to find out through social media that their close family member or friend passed away. They deserve to hear it from a family member or friend, not an online post through social media.
Generally, wait at least 24 hours before submitting to TGGF about a loved one's passing. That way, this allows time for the deceased's family and friends to be personally contacted about their loved one's passing. Or, if you know for sure that everyone was contacted about the death, then it's probably alright to post online.
Please also remember that everyone grieves differently. You don't have to feel obligated to post on social media about your loved one's passing just because other people did. It doesn't mean that you're any less impacted by their death.
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