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    Online Friends Need Funerals Too

    Personal relationships are often formed online, with real-world consequences. In the gaming realm, an increasing trend of virtual funerals after a community member dies has aided the grieving process. Not everyone understands how close one can get through a screen, but long-distance relationships have existed for centuries. And whether they’re friends through mental health message boards, Final Fantasy XIV chats or handwritten pen pal exchanges, their deaths need dealing with. So bereaved people are now searching — through the same media that forged these bonds — for ways to say farewell.

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