The Internet as a “Living Monument” for Your Loved Ones

The Internet as a “Living Monument” for Your Loved Ones

Quite an interesting discussion on this issue was provoked by a post on the Twitter account Fesshole, which called on its followers to share anonymous confessions about the images of deceased loved ones who are still “wandering” in Google Street View. Launched in the United States in 2007, the Google Street View platform has gradually spread around the world. Today we can see in it our homes, and with it their surroundings – including relatives, neighbors or even their own families.

How would you feel if you saw an image of a close family member in an image from Google Street View who was no longer alive – for example, walking down the street, walking the dog, smiling from the balcony? The feeling is undoubtedly different for everyone. It turns out that this provokes mixed reactions – some are embarrassed or suffer even more, while others find the photos a “living monument” to the lost loved one, notes the BBC. The BBC’s Neil Henderson shared a picture of his late father standing at his front door. “I have literally hundreds of pictures of my father, but Google Street View is quite impressive, as if Dad is still around,” Henderson wrote.

The initiator of the discussion, Fesshole, says: “I often go to Google Maps to the images that were taken before my father died, so that I can take a walk in a world where he is still with me.” Another participant in the discussion shared an image of a couple – a man and a woman walking down the street holding hands. He says it was his parents who died a few years ago.

One of the participants in the discussion shows footage from Google Street View, which shows an elderly woman with a cane crossing the threshold of a house. “Here’s a mother crawling out to smoke a cigarette,” Bernard Baker wrote. Some people are embarrassed by the feeling that the photos evoke in them. Others say that seeing these shots, taken when their loved ones were still alive, makes them feel a stronger connection with relatives who have left this world. Some even regret that in Google Street View, old shots of deceased relatives, so touching and kind, have been replaced with newer photos. However, there is a way to look back at previous recordings. This is done by tapping the clock icon at the top left of Google Maps (the feature is not available in Google Earth), if any. This watch takes you back in time to earlier versions of Street View cars.

Karim Palant used this tool to find an old image of his late grandfather Charles Palant, taken on the street in 2015 and showing the old man leaning out of the window of his Paris apartment to talk to his caregiver standing below. on the sidewalk. Charles Palant died a few months after this shot was taken. “He was in this apartment for maybe 70 years and I had a very happy time in this place,” said Karim. He remembers his grandfather taking computer lessons when he was over 90, but he doesn’t believe he saw Google Street View. The family found out about the photo only after the death of the elderly man. “It’s such a sunny day in the picture and Grandpa looks so calm, it just reminds me of a happy time and place,” says Karim Palant.

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