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I had to stop someone photographing my mother at the morgue – social media mourning has gone too far | Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson
Grief is always public in Samoa, but now that people post selfies with dead bodies to...Grief is always public in Samoa, but now that people post selfies with dead bodies to Facebook, I had to draw the lineThere’s no such thing as a closed casket in my culture. In Samoa, the dead are still part of the living until they are buried.Growing up on the island of Savai’i, one of my earliest memories was being thrust into a coffin to kiss one of my great-uncles goodbye. This may sound horrific, but for Samoans, this is the norm, and at any given funeral, you will witness a child being held over the face of a dead relative, a mother trying to pull the body of their loved one out of a casket or an adult son or daughter being physically removed from the casket of their parent. Continue reading...