Welcome to the Getting to Know You Weekend Blog Hop. This week we are Getting to Know Casey from Navigating Cyberloss. Casey provides an invaluable comfort to those who’ve lost online friends. I know you’ll enjoy her site!
I began the NavigatingCyberloss blog in November 2010, following the death of a very dear friend in April 2007. The ‘difference’ is that mine and Chris’ friendship was entirely online, which led to a very different experience of grief.
Mourning the loss of an online friend brings specific challenges, the most significant of which is accepting the reality that this person you ‘only’ knew through words on a screen, or perhaps a picture or two, is actually gone. There can be archives of emails or instant message conversations which eventually bring comfort, but at first these can cause more pain.
I eventually came to the conclusion that I could not possibly be the only person to have experienced such loss, and so Navigating Cyberloss was born. It was a slow start, but the blog reached 10,000 views in mid-August.
It’s been quite a journey. However, it’s been more than worth it to provide support and community for people who have experienced this form of loss. It is my hope that people will one day come to recognise the value of online friendship, and realise that it truly doesn’t matter how we meet, only that we do. Once we have, our lives are forever altered.
Thank you, Christina and Lisa, for giving me this opportunity. I look forward to reading others’ posts, and meeting the minds behind them.