I would just fade away too. My parents know that I am a member of A forum but have no idea which one and I am sure that if something happened to me, letting ya'll know would be the least of their worries.
Stormy, that's just a tad understated! We'd notice for sure if you were gone from here and those important people in your life would be missing a big chunk out of their lives without you!
As for me -- no one here would know. You'd just stop seeing my posts and wonder what ever happened to that ornery Canuck. No one in my real life knows what I do in my virtual life. Like when my mom passed away, I tried to let all her cyber acquaintances know, but it was very difficult tracking things on her computer (because it had huge errors on it) and it felt strange to be intruding on her personal life that I wasn't a part of.