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Just letting everyone know that we've been informed that community member bigbigdog passed away on May 18, 2024 [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on May 25, 2024 - 99 comments

Help me find a recent post about guide for bereaved on what next

In the last couple of months I saw a post on the blue or green about a detailed guide for people who had a relative die, about all the things you will have to do if you are responsible for making arrangements and tidying up as it were. I cannot find it. Can you? Really want to share it with someone who sadly very much needs it.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen on Jan 24, 2024 - 9 comments

Thanks for all the help

Hey, just wanted to say thank you for all the help in several recent health related AskMe questions. They were all about about my wife, Lisa (lynnshaze), who was having a hell of time of it, health wise.

Sadly, she passed on March 18, at the house, surrounded by loving family members.

While Lisa was wasn't an active member on Metafilter, we'd often talk about the site and what was going on here. We definitely discussed the various advice offered on her health issues, which was deeply appreciated.

She once said she often used the site to see what "foolishness" I was up to though, heh.

Family and friends wrote and drew messages on her casket before putting it to rest, which was very cathartic and soothing. Several people remarked they'd want something similar at their funeral, so I share these these photos with y'all to show how beautiful that went.

Thanks again, and as a gentle nudge, have your affairs in order (will, power of attorney, health directive) as it makes things so much easier for the survivors.

God bless.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Mar 31, 2022 - 194 comments

effbot's passing

Hi All, I see he hasn't been active here since 2017(?) but since he was a member for so long, I wanted to share what I just saw on reddit. python mailing list announcement from Guido "A former core dev who works at Google just passed the news that Fredrik Lundh (also known as Effbot) has died."
posted by symbioid on Dec 10, 2021 - 43 comments

ColdChef in the time of COVID

MeFi's Own ColdChef is featured in a story in the Guardian: 'Humans need the ritual of saying goodbye': the Covid life of a small-town funeral director [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Dec 26, 2020 - 12 comments


Sorry to report that longtime member LeLiLo (nee Richard Sassaman) passed away Sunday unexpectedly, apparently from a heart attack. He was 70. [more inside]
posted by MtDewd on Jul 22, 2019 - 120 comments

AskMe answer on how what to say to the dying.

Looking for an incredibly empathetic answer to an AskMe with what to say to someone when they are dying. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Jul 13, 2019 - 3 comments

Ten years of thanks.

It's been ten years to the day since my wife passed suddenly and unexpectedly. [more inside]
posted by mrbill on Jun 16, 2019 - 37 comments

Rest in Peace, MovableBookLady

Hi everyone. I'm here with a heavy heart to let you know that our beloved MovableBookLady has passed away. I heard the sad news from her best friend, Amy, who took the time to send me a thoughtful reply during this difficult time. From Amy: "She very much enjoyed her relationship with all of you! You were a source of laughter and joy to her! Thank you so much for being part of her life!" [more inside]
posted by rangefinder 1.4 on Jan 21, 2019 - 280 comments

RIP Samizdata

Samizdata's mother let me know that he died last night of a massive heart attack. He was 51. Memorial links, etc. will be provided when they appear. I knew him here and on Twitter, where he was a chatty, thoughtful and supportive presence. I'll miss him a lot. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Nov 26, 2018 - 286 comments

Thank you, strangers.

My friend with ovarian cancer? She died. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Oct 4, 2018 - 66 comments

Online Memorial for kmennie

There will be an online memorial service for longtime Mefite kmennie [obit post] on Saturday, August 25th from 4 to 5 pm ET. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Aug 1, 2018 - 3 comments

Say goodbye to gman

As some of you may know, former Toronto Mefite gman (Gabe) has been battling cancer for the last several months. Its been a long, hard fight, during which no stone was left unturned in the search for his cure, taking him from Ontario to the U.S., to Paris, and on to Heidelberg, Germany, then finally back home to Canada a few weeks ago. His wife and friends sent out an email this weekend, and with their permission, the message has been adapted and presented here for Mefites who knew him: [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jun 26, 2018 - 146 comments

RIP kmennie

I am sad to share that longtime member kmennie passed away on December 26th, 2017. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Apr 9, 2018 - 156 comments

Bruce H. passed away

My brother and long time user "Bruce H." passed away at his home on 6 January, 2018 and asked me to let folks know so that his contacts would not be left wondering "whatever became of Bruce H.?" He was as the oldest son in a very large family and we all miss him dearly. Thank you all - Kerstin
posted by Bruce H. on Jan 25, 2018 - 133 comments

Obit Post Fatigue

It seems like there have been more and more obit posts lately. I understand that some luminaries have passed, but is it really necessary to post an obit for every celebrity/musician? Do these posts live up to the "Best of the Web" standard we set for posts to the Blue? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jan 23, 2017 - 107 comments

Mourning online-only friends

It's been a month of losses for MetaFilter, with three members passing away in as many weeks. This article from the Guardian seems appropriate: It turns out losing online friends feels as bad as the death of 'real life' ones.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 25, 2016 - 31 comments

Word for the dying?

My grandfather is dying. I am on my way to help my uncle and grandmom take care of him. I knew this day would come and at some point in the past I thought I had favorited a comment about how to help the dying let go. I cannot find the comment. Can you all help me find it? It was something along the lines of "it is ok. You did good. We will be ok."but I think there was more than that.
posted by procrastination on Oct 24, 2016 - 14 comments

Cheerwine has passed away.

It saddens me greatly to say that Cheerwine passed away last week. [more inside]
posted by (Over) Thinking on Jul 31, 2015 - 153 comments

Please tell someone to remember to tell MetaFilter when you die

This MeTa is inspired by a conversation in the chat room in which we realized that despite our wishes to know when other members of the community died, most of us didn't yet have a plan in place to ensure that our fellow MeFites would be notified of our own deaths. I've since told my husband how to find the Contact Form, and if he forgets I have a few MeFites as FB friends (he won't forget to update my FB, at least) -- what's YOUR plan to get your dots?
posted by Jacqueline on Jan 22, 2015 - 126 comments

MeFi helped me through the darkness.

Five years ago today I lost my wife suddenly and unexpectedly. MeFites came out of the woodwork with words of support, hugs, shipments of books, postcards, notes, and even pie!
I got advice from others who had been through similar tragedies; new friends and penpals; all together, it was an awesome show of love and caring. I made it through the darkness, and since then have also been able to help others who have had the same thing happen to them.
I just want to say thanks, again, to everyone. If this seems disjointed, it's because I can't find the right words to express how I feel.
posted by mrbill on Jun 16, 2014 - 53 comments

666 posts tagged with death

This got a chuckle out of me just now... [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on May 8, 2014 - 33 comments

The thread of life.

I said goodbye to my beautiful, adoring, smart, and sympathetic mom this evening. I'd like to thank Metafilter for helping me through this beautiful/awful/harrowing/redemptive experience. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on May 21, 2013 - 80 comments

RIP Prince_Of_Cups

It is my sad duty to relate some unfortunate news. Matthew Schuler, known here as Prince of Cups, passed away this morning. [more inside]
posted by mkb on May 13, 2013 - 192 comments

RIP liosliath

I am very sorry to tell folks that Liosliath has died tragically and unexpectedly. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on May 2, 2013 - 292 comments

RIP glider

Metafilter's own Shannon Larratt has passed away. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Mar 15, 2013 - 123 comments

holdkris99's death was a hoax.

So, we were lied to. The good news is that holdkris99 is fine, rather than dead. He's also banned, his wife's (?) account is banned, and they're not welcome back to Metafilter, ever. [more inside]
posted by cortex on May 22, 2012 - 1282 comments

Death is the new black

Just in time for Halloween, MeFi Mag is back with deadly issue seven, in PRINT or free PDF. Deadline for the next issue (SEX!) is November 15. This month, sub means SUBMIT! [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Oct 31, 2011 - 95 comments

A sobering pony request

A little note on the profiles of MeFites who are deceased? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jan 6, 2011 - 24 comments

RIP Elizabeth Edwards

This is where we discuss the Elizabeth Edwards obit thread. We've done this a few times before, I think.
posted by Avenger50 on Dec 7, 2010 - 130 comments

Thank you for all the support and caring.

A year ago today, my wife passed away. I wanted to say thanks to all of Metafilter for the support I've gotten from the community. [more inside]
posted by mrbill on Jun 15, 2010 - 41 comments

And that's that

Update Filter: All charges dropped against former Ontario A-G Michael Bryant. [Previously]
posted by mazola on May 25, 2010 - 19 comments

Update on my wife's passing away

An update here on this AskMe post about my wife's death. [more inside]
posted by mrbill on Aug 4, 2009 - 233 comments

Should the profiles of deceased MeFites be preserved?

When an account is disabled, all the profile information disappears. Might it be better to preserve the information when the account is disabled due to the owner's death? [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Jul 16, 2009 - 83 comments

A brief period of mourning

Every obit thread on MeFi since the start of time* has been a flood of periods/full stops. Why did the Michael Jackson thread become a mess of bad taste jokes with barely an orphaned punctuation mark in sight. What memo did I miss? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Jun 25, 2009 - 147 comments

He was in his armchair, watching a John Wayne movie. It could have been so much worse.

Another "Best of Metafilter" request. So, my grandfather died today (as I anticipated a few months ago), and one of my first reactions is to look to Metafilter for comfort and guidance. I've found a few relevant threads on my own (just taking a cursory glance at ColdChef's posting history helps put death in perspective), but I'd appreciate other mefites' help: what are the most helpful, or comforting, or grounding threads you've read on the site that have to do with death and grieving? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on May 31, 2009 - 28 comments

"There is no afterlife." Cite, please...

"There is no afterlife." Cite, please... [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Mar 3, 2009 - 306 comments

This one goes out to Stormin' Norman... and 311

Reading the recent story of Norman Van Lier's death reminded me of the "Dead neighbor, or overactive imagination?" AskMe thread from over the holidays. [more inside]
posted by togdon on Feb 27, 2009 - 18 comments

"V" is for "Valiant"

Thank you to all those who have sent kind words to us - they really do help us stay tough. And thanks as a whole to the MeFi community, which has kept me entertained, interested and mentally functioning the past weeks as I lurked, learning new things and following the drama. Vivienne passed away in her sleep last night - I guess she was waiting to make one final point.
posted by bunnycup on Feb 17, 2009 - 170 comments

Everything dies.

I've been doggedly procrastinating on my actual tasks this morning. A big part of that procrastination has involved counting the obit filters on the blue for the past year. [more inside]
posted by cavalier on Jan 16, 2009 - 27 comments

R.I.P., Anita Rowland

Anita Rowland (User 113), old school blogger, inspiration to many, has lost her fight with cancer. She'll be missed.
posted by ewagoner on Dec 10, 2007 - 37 comments

Posting from beyond the grave

How to Share Your Obituary With Your Online Friends. When your journey is over, you are probably going to want your online friends, who may live all over the world, to know why your postings have suddenly stopped. Here's a good checklist for anyone who is an active part of an internet community.
posted by ColdChef on Aug 5, 2007 - 83 comments

Four Posts on the Same Death

After another four times dead post on the home page, I have a little suggestion to people out to FPP that someone is still dead.
posted by dw on Jan 14, 2007 - 5 comments

Pride in AskMetafilter, due to questions like this

To know that people will post questions like this, and that other people -- strangers -- will help as they have...I hope Matt still is able to steal a few minutes now and then to take some pride in what he's created.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Dec 11, 2006 - 17 comments


I'm happy to see that snuff is appropriate for the front page.
posted by bardic on Jul 27, 2006 - 25 comments

You'd love to see him die what?

Mr. Hincandenza, this is the United States Secret Service. We've got a few questions for you about something you posted on the internets.
posted by dersins on Mar 20, 2006 - 43 comments

An Update on me AskMe about a sick fish

RIP Fish Daddy . An update for this thread. I bought my fish anti-biotics, but sadly it was too late and he passed this morning. I also bought a test kit for amonia, nitrite and nitrate and am pleased to report that all is well with the water, suggesting that I am not the bad fish-taker-carer I feared I might be. A little bit of nitrate, but it seems that's not actually toxic. Anyway, thanks to all who offered advice.
posted by duck on Oct 4, 2005 - 9 comments

Long-time metafilter member Alicia Frantz passed away on June 3rd.

Long-time metafilter member Alicia Frantz passed away on June 3rd.
There is more info on her site, and a news article. She will be greatly missed.
posted by milovoo on Aug 25, 2005 - 81 comments

Someone died, and it was still funny, apparently.

Death to Reporters!The Vindication of Eason Jordan!Pre-emptive strike!Why do you hate America so much? • Looks like Nicola Calipari's death is another great opportunity for sneering, soulless political point-scoring. Why was the only semi-respectful treatment of the story the only one to get deleted?
posted by dhoyt on Mar 5, 2005 - 3 comments

Grey areas in AskMe

The AskMe thread on faking one's death seems to skirt the same grey area as several of the deleted warez-related inquiries. Not to be a prude, of course -it's ust that curiousity like this could be bad for our ponies.
posted by Smart Dalek on Nov 23, 2004 - 35 comments

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