Sometimes, it seems like we’ve had things like email and Facebook forever. But the internet got off the ground a bare 25 years ago. In that time, the importance of online communities has grown exponentially in people’s lives.
And in their deaths as well.
People memorialize their loved ones all the time on websites — either their own, or websites set up specifically to feature memorials. But you can also memorialize someone inside the online game you played with that person.
Take this guy, for example: Gamer uses Minecraft to pay tribute to his late wife. Though the article mentions that something similar happened in World of Warcraft, this remains unusual. But as online communities grow over time, I expect this trend to continue on into the future.