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Old 07-13-2010, 01:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dead people in your phone book

I was just going through my phone book looking for a contact only to realize that I have at least 4 people I know who passed on and are still in my phone book.

I don't know why I don't or can't delete them from my phone book or cell phone.

Do you have any dead people in your phone book or on your speed dial?
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Old 07-13-2010, 02:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No, I haven't had this happen to me.

However, this reminds me of the opening to the film Amélie, starting at 0:43 in particular:
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Old 07-13-2010, 02:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 07-13-2010, 02:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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none in my "phone book" but quite a few from my HS graduating class, and i'm not THAT old...

great post, fug...
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I still have not removed my father from my cell phone's contact list.
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:07 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would have to call all of them to find out if they are still alive, and I don't want to do that. So, I'm not sure.
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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yes, I can't even think about deleting my grandmother, it was bad enough having to put her death date in my genealogy program along with a transcript of her obit...I just can't delete her off my phone... and she's been gone two years
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:38 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Yes. Several patients. And one of them travelled from one phone to the next after he died.
I couldn't delete it.
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:57 PM   #9 (permalink)
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no phone numbers but I do have a few email addresses that will remain forever
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Old 07-13-2010, 04:05 PM   #10 (permalink)
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yes, I can't even think about deleting my grandmother, it was bad enough having to put her death date in my genealogy program along with a transcript of her obit...I just can't delete her off my phone... and she's been gone two years
I was the same way when my grandma passed away. I couldn't bring myself to delete her from my phone list. It wasn't until I destroyed that phone and had to get a new one that she left my contacts list.

Right now, I don't think I have anyone.
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Old 07-13-2010, 05:15 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Not only did I keep my father's number when he passed, I regularly called his office just to shake up the energy in the room. I was hoping that that he had accidentally taken a wrong turn and was just lost somewhere.
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Old 07-13-2010, 05:16 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I just checked. No dead people on my contact list in my phone, but there are a couple of dead people's names in my old fashioned address book that's about 25 years old....lol
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Old 07-13-2010, 05:35 PM   #13 (permalink)
 
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Hello Cyn.

When you said phone book, my luddite bent, pictured ink & pencil in an address book.

Three months after I transcribed most of my peoples numbers into
a new, paper, ring-bound address book, five of my friends and relatives died.

I drew R.I.P beside some. I drew headstones with colorful sayings around others.

These small memorials have been a not forgetting honoring.
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:21 PM   #14 (permalink)
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No, not in my phone.

However, I have a friend whose name will never be removed from my AIM contact list. He committed suicide towards the end of my sophomore year in our residence hall, in his dorm room, a dorm room I'd hung out in many, many times. My best friend hasn't taken his name off of her AIM list either. I don't think we ever will.
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:30 PM   #15 (permalink)
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My girlfriend is still there. I leave it as an inspiration, as she taught me more about student motivation than anyone I've ever known.
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Old 07-14-2010, 08:24 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Not necessarily in my phone book, but on IM/Facebook/email, certainly. I still have my brother's account on my AIM, which I never use any more except to go look at his name
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Old 07-14-2010, 08:56 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I have people that are "dead" to me in my phone still, just so i don't get surprised one night if they call again.

As for having someone not of this world anymore in my phone? No, no one off the top of my head.
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:29 AM   #18 (permalink)
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In my computer address book, a few older relatives and family friends where one of a couple has died. From back in the days when a family would share one phone. Still useable.
I also still keep a physical address book (paper steno-pad type book) with names, businesses, services, hotels, restaurants, etc. on routes I regularly drive. When on the road it's much easier to use than on line.

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Old 07-14-2010, 10:49 AM   #19 (permalink)
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The last time I checked my contacts, everyone was still alive, however I stopped communicating with two people on the list, so I might just delete them.
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:54 AM   #20 (permalink)
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As soon as I know they're dead (funeral, usually) I delete them from my phone.

I guess I just see it as a few bits in flash memory, even simpler a few electrical signals in some silicon. Nothing particularly sentimental, and not like I'll ever call them. I suppose if it were a sudden death and I could still hear their voice mail I might keep it for a while just for the novelty of hearing their recorded voice postmortem.

I suppose I've never been particularly sentimental about death..
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