A friend of mine who served on a committee with me recently passed away. As the committee began to prepare for its next meeting through e-mail announcements, I noticed my friends name was still on the mailing roster. This was obviously an oversight, however, we need to be aware of little details like this. It may be very painful for the family of the deceased person to receive these messages.
You would not send mail through the postal service to a deceased person, would you? E-mails should be regarded in the same manner.
1) Remove the name of the deceased from all mailing and group lists. It may be a difficult thing to do symbolically, but be courteous of their in box and the family members who might have to sort through the mail.
2) If you receive e-mail with a deceased persons name included in the recipients, please remove their name before replying to all.
3) Check older e-mails to make sure the name of the deceased person has been removed before using it as a group list or using it as a reference.