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For relationships formed online and friends only ever 'met' through the Internet, what's the 'appropriate' form of grief?

This article titled “Should one attend the funeral of a ‘virtual friend’?” was written by Edward Collier, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 22nd May 2012 11.43 UTC

Last Thursday I learned that my friend George had died after a short illness. My first thoughts were for his family; George was one of those men for whom the term “larger than life” might have been coined, and his absence would be deeply felt. And then there was the funeral – assuming it was not a private, family affair – should I attend?

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