In this chapter we investigate the shifting role of memorialization through case studies of individual usage of mobile and social media. The mobile phone, now an active part of everyday life for many, provides a pivotal role in the construction and maintenance of memorialization. We explore how the sense of co-presence generated through use of mobile-emotive rituals and practices can be experienced as a form of companionship and continuing bond. Drawing on fieldwork done predominantly in Australia, this chapter considers how the mobile phone can facilitate a kind of constant companionship that can be a lifesaver in times of extreme emotional suffering, and can assist users in practical as well as affective aspect of the grieving process.
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