More often than not, I am hearing about the death of friends or family through Facebook. I suppose this isn't surprising; after all, I hear about babies born on the same site. Local newspapers are too slow or too local or publish too infrequently to be a source for family news. The Facebook wall makes as good a place as any to share condolences and to make plans for funerals.
In the news:
Huffington Post, Death on Facebook Now Common
Memorialization Request, Facebook
ABC News on MyDeathSpace, 2006
Huffington Post, On MyDeathSpace, Morbidly Curious Unpack Deaths, Profiles Of People They Never Knew, 2012