The pattern of human mourning behavior has evolved from pre-industrial societies to the ‘modern death’ of the early 20th century, then to the ‘post-modern death’ period in which we are now living. The development of UCG (User Created Content) and mobile internet technology has led to an era of online mourning which will allow funerals to become fully virtual.
The concept of ‘emotional connection’ promotes an ongoing spiritual connection with the deceased. In the logic of this new paradigm, grief is a continuing process of integration, transforming the expression and healing of grief from a transient, time-bound 'task' to an open, ongoing ‘process’. Online social media provide a perpetual space for mourning.
This project shows how one's own virtual funeral would look from the examples that are presented. With a large number of options, the visual direction and style are based on participants’ preferences. Ideally, it will provide an unprecedented funeral platform to serve people in the future, where friends and families may mourn together—including the leaving of messages, flower delivery, places to stay, memory book viewing, and saying a final farewell.