Grief support goes online

Social networking sites are becoming popular destinations for teens and young people looking to cope with grief. When Pvt. Steven Drees, a soldier from Peshtigo, died in combat last month, friends back home turned to Facebook to find friends for support, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Prof. Illene Noppe, an expert on death, dying and loss, said the Internet can be a good outlet for grieving adolescents.

“We tend to view grief as an individual process, but its always about relationships,” Noppe said. “This is a generation that has been brought up with technology, so this is again perfect for them to express their creativity.” For more on the issue and Noppe’s thoughts click here.