Rites of passage

"a treatment of mourning rituals which acknowledges the problematic nature of discrete beginnings and endings also assumes there is never a full restoration of social stability; that death, its representation, its discourses, and its performative elaboration can haunt society and become an essential collective metaphor of social experience beyond the margins of ceremonial performance." (Serematakis, 1991:48)

Rites of passage function to symbolically mark bodily changes and shifts in social identity (and role) of the deceased. Mortuary rituals seek to:
- Resolve the ambiguities in social relations that death presents.  
- Mitigate the uncomfortable transformation of the living body to a corpse.

1. Resolve the ambiguities in social relations that death presents.

How do social networks disrupt this process given social profiles of the deceased often carry the illusion of the person still being "alive".

2. Mitigate the uncomfortable transformation of the living body to a corpse.

Will the digital data we leave behind after death, at some point, be deep enough to replace the lost physical body.