You Can Memorialize Your Facebook Profile
I was on Facebook today and saw a birthday reminder for a friend who passed away a few years ago. I was thinking to myself, there must be a way for us to let Facebook know that this person has passed away. So I started doing some research and there are actually several different options for your Facebook account after your passing. All social media including have strategies to help you preserve your memories. Social media estate planning has now become an essential part of your estate plan and just like all other types of planning. It’s better to get started and get it done!
If you are a regular contributor and poster to Facebook like me, you may want to make sure you set this up right away so that your memories can be preserved for your future generations. It is actually, quite simple. While I was writing this post, I made sure I added my wife as my legacy contact in facebook. It only took a few minute! This is something you definitely want to share with your family and friends.
Here are some guidelines directly from Facebook on your options with corresponding links to help you get this done!
Your Facebook Account after Your Death
Memorialized accounts are a place for friends and family to gather and share memories after a person has passed away. Memorialized accounts have the following key features:
• The word Remembering will be shown next to the person’s name on their profile
• Depending on the privacy settings of the account, friends can share memories on the memorialized Timeline
• Content the person shared (example: photos, posts) stays on Facebook and is visible to the audience it was shared with
• Memorialized profiles don’t appear in public spaces such as in suggestions for People You May Know, ads or birthday reminders
• No one can log into a memorialized account
• Memorialized accounts that don’t have a legacy contact can’t be changed
• Pages with a sole admin whose account was memorialized will be removed from Facebook if we receive a valid request
What is a legacy contact?
A legacy contact is someone you choose to look after your account if it’s memorialized. Once your account is memorialized, your legacy contact will have the option to do things like:
• Write a pinned post for your profile (example: to share a final message on your behalf or provide information about a memorial service).
Note: If your Timeline and Tagging settings don’t allow anyone other than you to post on your Timeline, your legacy contact won’t be able to add a pinned post to your profile once it’s memorialized
• Respond to new friend requests (example: old friends or family members who weren’t yet on Facebook)
• Update your profile picture and cover photo
You also have the option to allow your legacy contact to download a copy of what you’ve shared on Facebook, and we may add additional capabilities for legacy contacts in the future. This is also a cool feature you can use anytime!
Your legacy contact can’t:
• Log into your account
• Remove or change past posts, photos and other things shared on your Timeline
• Read your messages
• Remove any of your friends
Learn more about memorialization and how to add a legacy contact to your account.
If you’re a legacy contact, learn how to manage a memorialized profile.
Note: You must be 18 or older to select a legacy contact.
Deleting Your Account
You can choose to have your account permanently deleted should you pass away. To do this:
1. From the top right of Facebook, click and select Settings
2. From the left menu, click Security
3. Click Legacy Contact
4. Click Request account deletion and follow the on-screen instructions
For Friends and Family
If you’d like to create an additional place for people on Facebook to share memories of your loved one, we suggest creating a group.
If you see a birthday reminder of a friend or a family member and you would like to inform facebook that this person is deceased. You can use a special request form on facebook with this link.
While you are getting this done, please make sure you have an estate plan setup for yourself. Most people need a last will and testament, durable powers of attorneys for healthcare and financial reasons and a living will that gives instruction to your family on how you wish to be treated after your passing. Some people with large estates and complicated family structures may need some advanced estate planning.
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