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How man learnt death of mom’s death on Facebook

By Nyaboga Kiage January 23rd, 2023 2 min read

In between his daily chores, Mr Joash Josh Ndege logged onto his Facebook account and was shocked to learn of his mother’s death.

The sad news came via a post by one Alexander Boomer Onyancha.

And for good measure perhaps, Mr Onyancha had tagged Mr Ndege in the post news that his mother, Ms Olpha Ndege, was no more.

“Breaking news from Magena, it is unfortunate that we have lost Mama Olpha Ndege, a mother to brother Joash Josh Ndege,” the post read in full.

Stunned, Mr Ndege asked Mr Onyancha to verify the information.

“You are saying my mum?” he posed.

“yeah it is so shocking that we have lost her,” came the response.

Another Facebook user Ms Martha Momanyi also responded saying “Josh Ndege yes my dear take heart please.”

Nairobi News has established that Mr Ndege works in Nairobi and he was in the city when his mother passed away in Kisii County, some 350km away.

The news came even as Mr Ndege’s immediate family were deliberating on how to best break the sad news to him.

He called him before hand and sadly confirmed the disturbing news.

In between that time, he kept on receiving dozens of condolence messages from his Facebook friends.

“Rest in Peace (RIP) mam,” he posted on his personal Facebook account.

Molly Holly said: “Take heart my heartfelt condolences to you and your entire family.”

“Pole Sana may she rest in peace,” Ms Monicah King’ori wrote.

“My condolences. May God comfort you,” Ngungu Ninzi said.

Psychologists say it is important for one to receive a disturbing message from a loved one, especially a relative and friend, in encouraging and comforting tones.

But the advent of social media has lifted the lid on the spread of public and private information to a whole new horizon.

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