Family’s giant iPhone headstone for schoolgirl after tragic death aged 15

A family has erected a giant iPhone headstone for their phone-obsessed teenage daughter after her tragic death.

Theresa 'Resa' Matautia, 15, took her own life in August 2018, and her loved ones picked out a custom headstone to commemorate her life, with the phone-loving teen receiving a dedicated iPhone headstone.

The headstone, with remarkable details including battery percentage and Wi-Fi symbols, features touching messages from loved ones on the screen from her parents and sisters.

Messages from the family pasted onto the mocked-up iPhone screen share details about Theresa's life, and the headstone has attracted plenty of attention at Manukau Memorial Gardens when shown on TikTok.

The creative and unique moment, which went viral on TikTok, has sparked debate online.

A TikTok post from Theresa's relative, Geoffrey Matautia, was captioned: "When our sister died we made her phone her headstone because she was always on it."

In another video, graphic designer Geoffrey confirmed the reason for its design was because his little sister was "pretty much glued to that thing".

The iPhone-obsessed teen would use her phone constantly, taking selfies and documenting her life at home and with friends through blog posts sent to her Instagram account.

But a response from Geoffrey who left a skull and crossbones emoji in the post has sparked some debate.

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One user wrote: "It's funny and not funny at the same time."

Geoffrey replied to the comment with "I wrote that comment without thinking and didn't even realise I put the emoji in," after responding to someone asking about his sisters' death.

Geoffrey's original comment on the post said: "oh she wasn't texting and driving btw" with a skull and crossbones emoji to follow.

Hundreds have applauded the family for their creativity and making something so personal for the teen, but some felt conflicted and weren't sure how to respond, Daily Mail reported.

One user asked: "Am I allowed to laugh? How am I supposed to react?"

Geoffrey responded: "We give you permission to laugh at this video. Not everyone copes with loss the same, so our family just do it in a different way. It's almost been four years [since she died] and my family just learned how to deal with it."

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