What is Death in the Digital Age? DitDA on the BBC

Where do we remember the dead? Land is limited in our urbanized world. Large graves with costly tombstones appear ecologically unsustainable. Meanwhile, digital memorials such as enshrined social media profiles of those we’ve lost increasingly become increasingly important—but intangible—points of contact to the deceased. But how much more ecologically sustainable are our digital memorials than our graveyards?

In this BBC podcast, I talk about the emotional and the environmental impacts of both physical and virtual remains—and ask how cemeteries can inform our practices of grieving and documenting online.