Tell Us: What Do You Think about Tweeting a Caree’s Death?

twitterOver the weekend, Scott Simon, host of NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday,” shared tweets about his mom’s hospitalization which became updates about his mom’s last days. He posted tweets like this one:

“Her passing might come any moment, or in an hour, or not for a day. Nurses saying hearing is last sense to go so I sing & joke.”

When his mom died Monday night, he tweeted:

“The heavens over Chicago have opened and Patricia Lyons Simon Newman has stepped onstage.”

You can view his Twitter page here.

What do you think? Would you share public updates of your caree’s last days, hours and minutes? And, what do you think of Mr. Simon’s tweets?

Please share your thoughts in our comments section, below.

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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

2 thoughts on “Tell Us: What Do You Think about Tweeting a Caree’s Death?

  1. Avatar of G-JG-J

    Hmmm, very interesting and very thought provoking. On the one hand, maybe Mr. Simon’s tweets helped take away some of the scariness of the dying process and made it less of a taboo subject to discuss. On the other hand, I think it’s a little strange. However, I will say everyone handles death differently. I just don’t think all of someone’s followers, of which very few really are friends despite what they are called on FaceBook, are so involved in that person’s life that there is a reason to tell them all this. It’s not like he was sending a text to a family member to keep them informed. The only tweet that makes a lot of sense to me would be the one he sent when his mother died.

    This is really a case of “To each their own” and it’s something I wouldn’t do.

  2. Avatar of RichardRichard


    Mr. Simons tweets are very personal and cause one to be driven into deep thought. This is similar to my blog and pain. To me “Pain Without Humor is Just Painful.” It seems to Mr. Simon using tweets to get his message out about his mom’s passing (our thoughts and prayers are with you) is a way for him to release all the anger, loss, depression, etc. that comes up when losing a loved one. I don’t feel I could do a play by play up to the very end, in the last few I would be bawling and unable to speak clearly none the less type a blog on a keyboard with keys the size of Ladybugs. I commend him for his tweets and being able to hold it together. Nasmaste’ Mrs. Simon.


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