A separate site, MyDeathSpace.com, links profiles of dead MySpace members to their obituaries. The deaths featured are often those of young people who died untimely. Like other online memorials, the profiles feature the deceased person’s favorite song, food and quotes.
“It’s a way for the family to maintain connections with the deceased’s friends, while also allowing the grieving process to take place in a global public forum,” writes Mashable poster Mike Fruchter.
Others have been critical of MyDeathSpace, however. A July 2007 Salon article notes, “For some, it's a form of reality-based entertainment, of the most morbid variety.” At times, complete strangers to those profiled have posted comments that ridicule the circumstances of death or the spelling of other commenters.