I ran across this musing by Elisa Camahort, where she asks "When do you delete someone who has died?". It's so hard for me to delete someone I don't talk to as much from my cell phone. I can't imagine how hard it would be deleting from my contacts a friend who has passed away. Elisa says:
But like Jason, running across her name is a little moment of reminder. A little space in the day when I think of her. Does that mean I would never think of her again if I deleted her virtual presence from my life? Doubtful. I have a picture of her in her 30s next to one of her in her 80s on my piano. But somehow it just seems so final and so over to "delete" her, to "erase" her. One of those cliches that people say when someone dies is that someone is never gone as long as they live on in your heart.
I think perhaps I've expanded the cliche to say: no one is really gone while you keep them in your gadgets, including iPhoto.
What do you do? I thought I should share this post with you. At least you'll like to know you're not alone.