It’s a Big Wake Up Call When You Find Out About a Family Member’s Death By Google Alert
I just found out a relative passed- by Google Alert. I had spent time with Mary* several years ago and she was a very kind person. She was only 77 when she passed.
The person I am estranged from did not tell me. Her mother-in-law was like a mother to her, for over 13 years. I know how important this woman was in her life.
And I found out on a Google alert.
That is messed up. And the fun doesn’t stop there. A few years ago, I found out my uncle passed by a simple Google search.
Technology is a blessing but also a curse. I am tired of finding out relatives have passed on Google.
This brings me to the point of this article: The millennial trend of cutting off toxic people has to stop. Because you know what? Death is permanent.
The funeral is across the country and I can’t get out there in time. I am sending a card but I feel this important right to give condolences has been taken from me.
The person I haven’t communicated with hardly in seven years will probably never talk to me again. When I try to reach out to them, it is like reaching out to a ghost. But not even Zak Bagans or an Ouija board could reach this person.
I just emailed this person but I don’t think they will respond. I hope they do but I doubt it. My family is already small as it is, and having no contact with this person has permanently damaged my family.
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