Published on December 2nd, 2013 | by Julia Donath

How to share condolences on Facebook. The Top Posts Week 48

This week we saw how complicated it can be to share condolences on Facebook. After the actor Paul Walker and his friend died in a horrible car crash celebrities, fans and media agencies expressed their feelings on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Three posts became Top Posts due to the amount of comments, likes and shares they generated.

Paul Walker hat einen Status geteilt – 01.12.13

It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in yo…

1.820.196386.849531.568

ComingSoon.net hat ein Bild geteilt – 01.12.13

TMZ is reporting that Fast and Furious star Paul Walker has died in a freak car crash in Santa Clarita, California — http://bit.ly/1cT2FjsLeave your thoughts and condolences for his family.

5.0571.3984.477

Interesting Things hat ein Bild geteilt – 01.12.13

Breaks my heart

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Obviously, nowadays a “like” underneath a sad post doesn’t mean “i like it” it also means “i share your feelings”. Sometimes the page itself recommends a behavior like this as seen in the Top Posts as well:

KTVU Channel 2 hat ein Bild geteilt – 26.11.13

14 year old Bianca Valdez has been identified as 1 of 3 pedestrians hit and killed by cars in separate incidents over the past 3 days in San Jose. Bianca was a freshman at James Lick High School and was pronounced deceased at the hospital Sunday night. Leave a comment with your condolences, and if you hit “like” we’ll assume it means you are showing support for her family and friends. Our hea…

17.6642.807849

 

How to share condolences on Facebook

But what happens if a friend or colleague looses a beloved one? Is it appropriate to share condolences on Facebook?

What you have to know:

  • Rule No. 1: On social media sites you should only offer your condolences if the person has acknowledged the situation, or how he or she is feeling. You should never be the one who announces to the world that the person has just experienced a loss.
  • Rule No. 2: If the person knows you’re on Facebook a lot and you and the person communicating a lot on Facebook you should react somehow. Either you simply join the masses of other people who posted “I am sorry for your loss”. But if you are closer with the person that is not enough. At least a private message, an email or a text is appropriate to show sympathy.
  • Rule No. 3: When someone posts on Facebook that they have lost of a loved one, you should never delve into more detail than what has been already provided by the person posting.
  • Rule No. 4: If you decide to use Facebook, simply express condolences or share a memory. Do not discuss circumstances of the death.
  • Rule No. 5: Keep your religious beliefs to yourself unless you are sure that the person you are trying to comfort shares them. What’s always okay: say that you will keep the family in your prayers.

And here are the sad and happy, funny and interesting Top Posts of last week.

Calculated by Likes, Comments and Shares per fan by Fanpage Karma.

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Brands & Co.

Marriage shared a picture  11/26/13

This post is a photo and has no text

697,256 fans

144,3541,68875,149

In Power Sisterhood shared a picture  11/29/13

Thank your best friend for sharing crazy ideas today!

77,638 fans

5,13924210,905

Earth Porn shared a picture  11/29/13

Crystal-clear water, Flathead Lake in Montana, USA

2,531,329 fans

459,21611,36345,680

YOGA shared a picture  11/25/13

This post is a photo and has no text

38,392 fans

433116,760

Spot Me, Girl shared a video  11/26/13

Only a week old and this video led by Russian dance choreographer & instructor Elena Fraules has spread all over the internet giving ‘twerking’ a new name!Enjoy & Share :)Spot Me, Girl | Instagram: spotmegirl

SEXY BOOTY/TWERK CHOREOGRAPHYfacebook.com

686,035 fans

57,22712,27132,768

PreventDisease.com shared a picture  11/28/13

UNDYING LOVE: South Carolina man, 78, wears sandwich board to help wife of 57 years in search for life-saving kidney. She was born with only one kidney, and late this summer, it was failing. Her husband wasn’t a match. This exposure actually got them the media attention needed and they found a match. Lets give this beautiful man one heart in each comment. <3

115,703 fans

13,5211,8181,888

Family Research Council shared a picture  11/26/13

Breaking:Supreme Court will take up a consolidated case against the HHS contraception and abortifacient mandate, including the challenge brought by Hobby Lobby. At stake is the meaning of religious liberty in America. Will the expansive vision of religious liberty wrought by the Founders prevail, or will a new, weaker “freedom of worship” take its place?Oral arguments are likely to be h…

113,053 fans

12,0574753,236

Rightmove shared a picture  12/1/13

Hit ‘LIKE’ and answer the question below for your chance to win Day 1 of our “My Dream Ho-ho-home” competition!If you look for property using a mobile device, what is the main reason you do so?a. It’s quickerb. It’s easierc. I do pretty much everything on my mobile device these daysd. I don’t look for property on my mobile deviceAnswer now for your chance to win today’s prize: A festi…

64,953 fans

4,0024,630358

(EDL) English Defence League shared a picture  11/29/13

(8)

162,990 fans

15,4221,5555,161

Four Play shared a video  11/29/13

When concrete buffers go wild!

42,797 fans

1,3363073,968

America First Credit Union shared a status  11/25/13

**WIN A $100 VISA GIFT CARD!!!!!**WE ARE GIVING AWAY TWO $100 VISA GIFT CARDS! With Black Friday coming right up, we thought it would be nice to give you a chance to have a little extra cash. To enter LIKE this post and “COMMENT below letting us know where you will be using your AFCU Debit/Credit card on Black Friday!”We will choose the winners through a random drawing of entrants on Tues…

85,821 fans

5,6295,424123

Johnson & Johnson shared a picture  11/28/13

Happy #Thanksgiving to our American fans! While you’re giving thanks, take a moment to give back. We’ve made it easy to find great causes and we’ll even match your donation. Visit www.caregrows.com

102,326 fans

12,681146178

Inked Shop shared a picture  11/28/13

This post is a photo and has no text

94,489 fans

4801711,225

Peugeot UK shared a picture  11/25/13

With exactly 4 weeks to go until the big day, we wouldn’t mind Father Christmas leaving the New Peugeot RCZ R under our tree… “LIKE” if you agree!

57,662 fans

6,175439371

Almost Human shared a picture  11/25/13

John and Dorian have a plan! Almost Human is all-new TONIGHT at 8/7c, on FOX!

201,359 fans

21,879467846

Hardys Wine UK shared a picture  12/1/13

Here’s the first question to kick off our fantastic daily December wine giveaway.”Two bottles of VR Pinot Grigio dashing through the snow” name the famous Christmas Carol to wine a case of wineAnswer in the comments below, to read the full T&Cs click here http://on.fb.me/Iz5Qn5

25,123 fans

9481,618321

Lincraft shared a picture  11/30/13

Lincraft’s 12 Days of Christmas has begun! Simply LIKE this post and COMMENT below telling us why you want to WIN for your chance to snare a Brother Sewing Machine worth $499!

14,006 fans

691697148

Auburn University shared a status  12/1/13

How about 34 points to win the game for #34’s birthday today? Happy birthday, Bo Jackson! War Eagle!

283,474 fans

27,7056542,676

JUST 30 HOURS UNTIL WE CHOOSE A WINNER for our winter CONTEST! Enter for a chance to win a night at the Holman Grand Hotel, The Confederation Court Mall spending $$, tickets to Wake up Santa and a Confederation Bridge 15 pass! Like the Charlottetown PEI by Discover Charlottetown page and share this image publicly from our page for a chance to win! Contest closes on November 28th at 4PM AST. GOO…

10,716 fans

331101674

Shepherd Neame shared a picture  11/26/13

We’re getting in the festive spirit and giving away a case of Christmas Ale!Enter the competition at http://bit.ly/1aSkuzH

6,435 fans

5512969

Donatos Pizza shared a status  11/29/13

It’s a FLASH Free Pizza Friday special for #BlackFriday! Just like or share this post, and we’ll select 10 winners of a FREE large one topping pizza at 9pm!But the fun doesn’t stop tonight…stay tuned, friends.

61,904 fans

4,1811761,617

Grandparents.com shared a picture  11/26/13

Happy Tuesday!

113,071 fans

4,7601046,015

Alliance Defending Freedom shared a picture  11/30/13

See how you can help drive Planned Parenthood out of the abortion business and save the lives of preborn babies. http://alln.cc/GivingTuesdayADF – SHARE”LIKE” & Comment “YES” if an innocent life is worth defending. No matter the cost.

466,141 fans

26,7241,29812,181

Lake Commandos shared a picture  11/29/13

LIKE if you are fishing instead of shopping this morning

10,100 fans

31911515

I love slacklining shared a picture  11/29/13

This post is a photo and has no text

7,442 fans

5481353

Asda shared a status  11/26/13

WARNING: Please do not respond to any Facebook messages inviting you to claim a “Free £500 ASDA Voucher”. This is nothing to do with us and may be an attempt to capture your personal information. Please warn your friends.

1,093,767 fans

6,4481,12680,850

NBC shared a picture  11/28/13

Next Thursday, prepare to fall in love with The Sound Of Music Live!

619,596 fans

44,9281,3863,436

The University of Arizona shared a picture  12/1/13

If you agree, give this a thumbs up!

181,829 fans

11,6542811,142

Blue Mountain shared a picture  11/28/13

It gives us great pleasure to announce our opening day for the 2013/14 season. Please join us Saturday November 30 at 9am at the base of Smart Alec for first tracks. Here’s to an amazing (and early!) winter season!

40,741 fans

1,934148785

Society & Religion

Do Something shared a picture  11/28/13

This post is a photo and has no text

408,125 fans

416,1514,28753,216

Occupy London shared a picture  11/28/13

Interesting historical fact of the day: what’s in a picture?First, here is a history lesson on Afghanistan. From 1933 until 1973, Afghanistan was ruled under a man named Mohammed Zahir Shah. While he was a devout Muslim, he had a Western education in France. His reign marked four decades of peace and stability. With the introduction of a constitution Afghanistan progressively developed into a…

41,652 fans

1,7913352,461

The Fathers’ Rights Movement shared a picture  11/27/13

Minnesota Judge has 200 blunt words for divorcing parents.

8,093 fans

30725491

The Modern American Revolution shared a picture  11/26/13

D.I.

73,281 fans

4,555642,538

Interracial Dating shared a picture  11/27/13

Princess shares: “Well this is my beautiful family. My boyfriend is from Sudan, Africa and I am Laotian(Asian). We had our handsome baby boy on May 14, 2013! My family did not approve of him until our baby was born and then they learned how to accept him. He’s a wonderful & caring father! Not to mention, we have know each other since 5th grade. What a surprise ? Lol.. “

292,750 fans

25,2101,816548

Go Coast Guard shared a picture  11/25/13

Preparing for night patrols on the harbor – WAY better than watching reruns on the sofa.

21,675 fans

1,60846139

Joel Osteen Ministries shared a status  11/29/13

No matter what’s happening, choose to be happy. Don’t focus on what’s wrong. Find something positive in your life. Thank God for the small things.

4,996,752 fans

310,1436,99186,760

Greenpeace Australia Pacific shared a picture  11/26/13

HIGH FIVE!! Indonesian airline Garuda has joined several other airlines around the world in refusing to transport shark fins on its flights.You might be surprised to hear that shark finning at sea is still legal in New Zealand of all places! The good news is, a ban could soon be put in place. Show your support: https://www.greenpeace.org.au/action/?cid=49&src=FB1&fbgpapGaruda

56,740 fans

3,19685603

British National Party shared a picture  11/27/13

Britain is full close the borders now

95,479 fans

4,4322741,731

Freedom to Marry shared a picture  11/30/13

13-year-old Duncan McAlphine Sennett used his Bar Mitzvah speech as a chance to talk about why the freedom to marry for same-sex couples is so important. Click “like” to thank him for speaking out, and don’t miss video of his speech: http://bit.ly/1b6P09l

212,418 fans

11,8482871,248

People

Paul Walker shared a status  12/1/13

It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in yo…

9,908,220 fans

1,807,551381,106529,478

12Til shared a picture  11/26/13

Remember that baby we posted, We found her mother

201,130 fans

41,796806284

Phil Collins Fanpage shared a picture  11/26/13

And now to something completely different.. “I’m Thinking About Doing Some Shows Again, Even With #Genesis” Like and share ? 😉

47,486 fans

5,042762893

Illy shared a status  12/1/13

I just won an ARIA.

99,896 fans

13,42739545

Lopez Lomong shared a status  11/29/13

The love of my life said “yes” today! I am so thankful for Brittany and I as we start this exciting new journey together! Happy Thanksgiving!!

10,993 fans

1,3351300

Tamika Catchings shared a picture  11/28/13

Happy Turkey Day from my fam to urs! Thankful 4 fam, friends! Fans and being loved. God is so good!

13,778 fans

1,547660

George Takei shared a status  11/25/13

When stores like Wal-Mart move their Black Friday sales to Thanksgiving Day, they truly have forgotten the purpose of the holiday–and cynically ask their employees to leave their loved ones, too. Stay with your families on Thursday, friends. Cook and eat together. Watch a football game or a family movie. Call your relatives. Don’t waste your precious day off standing in lines or fighting cro…

5,185,497 fans

372,08221,04873,061

Kevin Fowler shared a picture  11/29/13

Hot fire, a cold beer and a good dog. You can’t beat this with a stick!

298,985 fans

24,626559285

Yeah, She Squats. shared a video  11/26/13

Possibly the greatest TWERK choreography ever?Enjoy, and share :)Yeah, She Squats.

SEXY TWERK CHOREOGRAPHYfacebook.com

818,824 fans

30,1658,97424,833

Doreen Virtue shared a picture  11/25/13

This post is a photo and has no text

345,818 fans

20,3826565,747

News & Media

KOST 103.5 shared a picture  11/30/13

This post is a photo and has no text

36,244 fans

14,6412262,212

Who Magazine shared a picture  11/28/13

A huge congratulations to Mary Coustas, who has given birth to a baby girl, Jamie Betis, after a long and heartbreaking struggle to have children.

52,665 fans

13,102467292

WSOC-TV shared a picture  11/26/13

Costco, Nordstrom, B.J.’s and a few other stores are refusing to open on Thanksgiving Day so employees can enjoy the day with family. http://bit.ly/17WjGvEDo you LIKE that idea?

71,302 fans

15,997631663

Classic Rock 101 shared a picture  11/25/13

Best dad ever.

45,478 fans

7,0392321,532

KTVU Channel 2 shared a picture  11/26/13

14 year old Bianca Valdez has been identified as 1 of 3 pedestrians hit and killed by cars in separate incidents over the past 3 days in San Jose. Bianca was a freshman at James Lick High School and was pronounced deceased at the hospital Sunday night. Leave a comment with your condolences, and if you hit “like” we’ll assume it means you are showing support for her family and friends. Our hea…

115,046 fans

17,6472,803849

Social Justice Solutions shared a picture  12/1/13

#education #cost #America #thepuffinsays

56,656 fans

8,8621181,289

The Dogington Post shared a picture  11/26/13

Saw Aaaawwww and Click LIKE!

158,421 fans

18,6685562,999

WPXI-TV Pittsburgh shared a picture  11/25/13

Give this adorable little girl thousands of LIKES! Cyia, who was born deaf, will hear for the first time on her birthday this week. Cochlear implants will be activated tomorrow at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.Story: http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/greene-co-girl-will-hear-first-time-her-birthday/nb4cP/

132,882 fans

16,606335683

94.7 WCSX shared a picture  11/28/13

Best thanksgiving ever. God bless our men and women serving overseas today (and every day).

24,394 fans

2,28376141

Babyology shared a picture  11/29/13

Yep, that’s my reality! Have a fab Friday friends! ~ TD

174,995 fans

13,5102013,186

Seattle Backpackers Magazine shared a picture  11/26/13

This post is a photo and has no text

9,867 fans

33017535

Sport & Hobby

**A Mommy’s Perception** shared a picture  11/26/13

Please remember this….

157,982 fans

9,41721824,931

Step Parents Perspective shared a picture  11/26/13

Mom Post: As a CSM with a deadbeat HCBM I figured this picture summed up my life. R/p ~FlossNo Bashing!

7,692 fans

37715699

Mommy Needs A Break shared a picture  12/1/13

This post is a photo and has no text

61,673 fans

647287,399

Purina shared a picture  11/28/13

Happy Thanksgiving from Purina!

249,424 fans

28,6272632,800

I Love Firefighting shared a picture  11/25/13

Well…. You shouldn’t park there….

25,499 fans

1,61772605

Being Liberal shared a picture  11/29/13

(M) This is great!

898,378 fans

44,71153031,780

Shoe Obsessed shared a picture  11/29/13

#Boots Pick Your Favorite!!! #FASHION #shoes

895,249 fans

66,3621,3966,364

Being Mommy shared a picture  11/25/13

This post is a photo and has no text

1,563,965 fans

74,3841,66945,172

BassTheWorld.com shared a picture  12/1/13

Happy Birthday to Mr. Jaco Pastorius (R.I.P) !!!

128,455 fans

7,6311491,522

Fun

Women Living Well shared a picture  11/26/13

Amen!

128,036 fans

72,5721,78982,397

Men’s Humor shared a picture  11/25/13

This post is a photo and has no text

1,155,477 fans

116,6382,64225,566

Best Vines shared a video  11/26/13

When Happy Cloud Gets Bored!

When Happy Cloud Gets Bored!facebook.com

5,632 fans

6544921

Metroplex Baby & Kids shared a picture  11/30/13

This post is a photo and has no text

43,806 fans

3,44742670

Interesting Things shared a picture  12/1/13

Breaks my heart

7,505,629 fans

528,2539,19033,564

FreeGameWall shared a picture  11/26/13

When you are trying to win…

671,842 fans

33,4414941,952

ComingSoon.net shared a picture  12/1/13

TMZ is reporting that Fast and Furious star Paul Walker has died in a freak car crash in Santa Clarita, California — http://bit.ly/1cT2FjsLeave your thoughts and condolences for his family.

227,407 fans

4,9561,3834,461

Funny shades of parenting shared a picture  11/25/13

Lol this had me cracking up! So far my son is none!! Which one is your LO?? – Angie*

12,125 fans

26342230

Shut Up I’m Still Talking shared a picture  12/1/13

Rest in Peace

2,451,035 fans

38,1841,88649,967

YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner.com shared a picture  11/26/13

This is the chin and chesty of happiness 🙂

6,011 fans

195130

Men’s World shared a video  11/27/13

How awesome is this

354,739 fans

4,3894226,961

 


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Hallo, mein Name ist Julia Donath. Ich bin Journalistin und lebe in Berlin. Ich arbeite als Redakteurin und Social Media Managerin bei Fanpage Karma. Hier erhöhe ich nicht nur den Östrogenspiegel in der Berliner Startup Szene, sondern auch die Zugriffszahlen auf das Blog und unsere weiteren Online-Auftritte.





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