Many questions arise when one ponders their final days. Where will we go? Is there really an afterlife thing? What will happen to my Facebook account ;P ? Here’s how to set your Facebook account to Delete or Memorialize you upon your death.
Okay, we do have same questions but got no answers. Even though that last one’s probably low on the priority list, but it is something to think about and something we can help you with.
Though it’s not a pleasant issue to deal with, but it’s necessary. Even after you death, your online legacy lives on. The only question will be is: is that how you really want to be remembered? So fortunately, Facebook gives you two options for such an occurrence. You can either choose to have it memorialized when you die, or delete your account.
Memorializing your Facebook Account
When you memorialize your account, you will leave someone you trust in charge. They make sure that your account is curated after you’re gone.
Memorializing an account allows family and friends to get together and share memories of you, and has some key features of it.
Some Key Features:
- The word “Remembering” will be placed next to your name.
- If your privacy settings permit friends to post on timeline, friends will be able to share memories on your Timeline.
- Any or all the content you previously shared will remain visible to the intended people.
- The profiles which are memorialized won’t appear publicly such as in birthday reminders, advertisements or People You May Know suggestions.
- If to say boldly, your account will be basically locked, meaning no one can have access to it.
- To say, you were the sole admin of a page, it will be removed if Facebook receives an valid request.
To set your account, it can be memorialized after you pass, you need to appoint a legacy contact (means an heir of your a/c after death). This would be your family member or any friend who you trust to tend to your wishes.
In order to set a legacy contact, open the Settings in the Menu and click “Security” and followed by “Legacy Contact”.
Now, you need to simply appoint a friend to serve as your legacy contact.
You legacy contact (your friend/family member) won’t gain any access until after you account is officially memorialized. That means it is a service which someone must request on behalf of you after you have died.
Facebook would require your name, the date you died on, and optionally, some kind of proof such as a copy of your death certificate . Once they have got what they wanted, then your account is memorialized. Then legacy account will be informed do that they can hand over your account.
How to set your Facebook account to delete after your death
The other simpler option is to have your account deleted upon your death. This isn’t the same as deactivating it. Everything goes away, when deleted.
To do this, open the “Security settings”, click upon “Legacy Contact” and then “Request account deletion”.
Should you change your mind? No problem you can elect to keep your Facebook intact.
After you demise, someone will need to notify Facebook, which they can do using a special form. It will best if you can appoint someone. Make sure in communicating with them your wishes for how Facebook account of yours should be managed. Anyhow, if you desire to delete, it will be taken care of once Facebook is notified you’re no more.
This is obviously an unpleasant topic to have to discuss, but it’s an important one. Only few may consider what happens to your online presence afterlife.
This way, deleting or memorializing your Facebook account will assure it is managed according to your wishes.
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