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Moneyism: When death meets Facebook: Social networkers upstage the deceased

Once considered outrageous, funeral selfies are passé. Social networking has broken down people’s reluctance to go public to talk, emote and even joke about death. And increasingly, some say, the commentators are going too far.

Whether reacting to the death of a celebrity, a high-school friend or a beloved grandmother, people are ready and all too willing to share online.

Social networkers are trampling on cultural taboos by taking and posting open-casket photos of the dead, writing long tributes to friends and loved ones in the past tense (before they’ve passed away) and setting up Facebook FB, -0.28% photo albums of the trip to a friend’s funeral — including airport check-ins, photos of pre-funeral drinks and, as the piece de resistance, photographs of themselves holding the coffin.

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