"People find out about deaths of loved ones in some normative way, or traditional way, and things have changed, we live in a increasingly wired and digital society, so things happen in ways that maybe we didn't grow up with or we're not used to," said clinical psychologist, Bruce Bishop.
Many people are finding out about loosing their loved ones through social media or text messaging.
There are even Facebook apps that create memorial pages for lost family or friends.
While some approve of the new ways of learning about tragedy... they agree a personal touch is best.
"I think if you’re in the area it's a person thing to go tell them, so if you're not you usually get it on the phone anyway. So text, email seems a little impersonal but text, phone stuff like that seems normal now a days. Times are changing, if you don't change with them you're kind of getting mowed over anyways," said Christy Whalin, Grand Junction resident.
Clinical psychologist Bruce Bishop says the way we discover tragic news may affect the grieving process.
"If it's conveyed in a way that for whatever reason in my mind says this was not appropriate this was not the thing I needed to hear, not the way I needed to hear it, it may start the ball rolling get this grieving process in a way that's more difficult or more challenging or maybe unreal that's the notion of denial," said Bishop.
Bishop says finding out you've lost someone from the internet may create a sense of unreality.
"When you have a policeman show up at your door for example, or some authority figure, I suspect and from my experience with clients that sometimes the denial is extended if I read it on Facebook or I get it a text or if I see it in a place that’s non-traditional, there may be a sense of unreality about it," added Bishop.
We posted a question on our Facebook page asking what you think about finding out tragic news online.
Many people have already shared their personal stories with us.
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