For my sister, it was her high school art teacher, Mrs. Saad.
Yesterday, she found out via Facebook that Mrs. Saad had suddenly passed away at a fairly young age.
It occurs to me, before our age of new media, this is probably something my sister would have found out about much further down the road—as gossip through a friend, or at her next school reunion. Now, she is struggling with the tragedy of how this woman's life ended prematurely, and also the immediacy of the news.
I wonder how it will change grieving that the entire community of people who know and knew someone can instantaneously become aware of their passing. Is this healthier, or is this more than we should be expected to handle?