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In a WhatsApp group for orphans, a group of strangers helped me finally understand my grief

It's easy to criticise modern technology. But for those of us who have lost parents, a space to share experiences is a vital comfort among the loneliness of grief

By Suchandrika Chakrabarti  

With a photo of Annie (pictured) as a logo, the Whatsapp is open to all young adult orphans. Photo: Prospect composite

It’s New Year’s Eve 2019 and I’m going nowhere. Instead, I’m curled up on the sofa, smiling at my phone.

I’m reading through a Whatsapp group chat that was set up a few weeks before. Everyone in the chat is a stranger to each other, but we all share a significant life experience: grief. The group is called “Young Orphans.”

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