Virtual mourning, the experiences of iranian diaspora during Covid-19
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BPH Bordeaux, University of Allameh TabaTabi France
BPH Bordeaux, University of Allameh TabaTabai France
Publication date: 2023-04-26
Popul. Med. 2023;5(Supplement):A461
With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the phenomenon of mourning was marked worldwide by an unprecedented disruption of family visits not only for migrants living abroad, who were confronted with the closure of borders, but also for all family members who lived in the same city. In such a situation, the evolution of funeral rites and commemorations was more and more evident: visiting relatives at the end of life and seeing the deceased before death being impossible, burial ceremonies and almost all commemorations were restricted in order to respect the social distancing. Given the unprecedented ban on mourning ceremonies, social networks, and later special sites tailored to Iranian culture and rituals, became places for families of the deceased perform funeral and mourning rites. Thus, microblogging platforms have made it possible to invent ritual practices and to extend this process of expression to migrants. The objective of this research is to understand the processes of distance mourning in migration by studying the experience of the Iranian diaspora in France and to discover the characteristics of virtual mourning. To achieve this objective, observation of social media and virtual mourning platforms and semi-structured interviews were conducted. This study shows that migrants who are unable to attend the mourning ceremony of their family members for various reasons, including asylum or restrictions of the Covid-19, attempt to fill this gap by using social networks and communication platforms. According to this study, online platform is a place to meet and visit families after a long time but there are some limits such as not being able to hug and cry with family members and Inability of emotional emojis for express feelings. Online grieving is an opportunity to move from intrapersonal to interpersonal communication that may facilitate the completion of grieving tasks.
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