Derek Miller, a blogger for Penmachine.com was a Canadian and a self proclaimed atheist on his Facebook page. He was fighting with Cancer since 2007. In 2010, he realized that it became terminal and he posted. “I expect it will probably kill me sometime in 2011 or early 2012.”
Last Tuesday he passed away from his illness, but he successfully communicated his last message from his grave. Entitled “The last post,” he blogged, “Here it is, I’m dead.” It was followed by a message:
“In advance, I asked that once my body finally shut down from the punishments of my cancer, then my family and friends publish this prepared message I wrote—the first part of the process of turning this from an active website to an archive.”
In fact he left his last message in his computer and willed that it be posted after his death. And his longtime friendAlistair Calder did exactly what Mr. Miller wished. Mr. Miller also wrote in his last message:
“I haven’t gone to a better place, or a worse one. I haven’t gone anyplace, because Derek doesn’t exist anymore. As soon as my body stopped functioning, and the neurons in my brain ceased firing, I made a remarkable transformation: from a living organism to a corpse, like a flower or a mouse that didn’t make it through a particularly frosty night. The evidence is clear that once I died, it was over.
So I was unafraid of death—of the moment itself—and of what came afterwards, which was (and is) nothing. As I did all along, I remained somewhat afraid of the process of dying, of increasing weakness and fatigue, of pain, of becoming less and less of myself as I got there. I was lucky that my mental faculties were mostly unaffected over the months and years before the end, and there was no sign of cancer in my brain—as far as I or anyone else knew.”
The message “sent from the grave,” invoked so much response from the Internet that the site shutdown due to heavy traffic.
This incident proves potentially how much powerful blogging is and how many people actually are active on the blogposts, that too with live and active presence.