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But death notifications and condolence notes are still a no-no for email and text messaging. I know people who have received both. To learn of a friend or family member’s passing via text or email is just not cool. Sometimes people also learn of a passing via a Facebook post… “R.I.P. Joe Smith.” Ouch. This often leaves the reader asking around, “Is it true? Did Joe die? What happened?” Doesn’t seem to leave much room for the hug that is usually awaiting the listener if necessary when someone notifies them of a death in a face-to-face conversation. No opportunity to say over the phone, “are you sitting down?” (I actually had to say that once during such a phone call).
So by all means, blast those baby pics out and upload them to Facebook. But when it comes to bad news, pick up the phone or pay a personal visit, and for a condolence card, paper still trumps electronic.