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date: 06 August 2020

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This chapter discusses the increasing role that mobiles are playing in meaning-making related to significant events in users’ lives. The focus of this chapter is on death and loss in relation to increasing ubiquity and ever-presence of mobile devices. The unique features of mobile communication can shift users’ views of death and culturally specific rituals related to grief and mourning. A review of the literature moves the role of mobiles in death beyond the use of social media platforms and online memorialization to include a focus on the devices themselves. When a death or loss occurs, specific capabilities and functions of mobile devices shape how users perceive and reflect upon shifts to their assumptive worlds.

Keywords: death, mobile communication, grief, mourning, ritual, online memorialization, social media, meaning-making

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