OK. So where have I been all this time?
I have been regularly updating my Facebook account rather than my blogs. It proved to be easier to hit the “publish” button on Facebook because I no longer have the need to resize the pictures as opposed to my blogs. I mostly do my Facebook updates via my phone and it was very accessible and convenient. There’s no more need for me to have my laptop running.
I have spent so much time and effort interacting with family and friends via Facebook. It is too personal that it’s real as it gets.
Then it suddenly occurred to me and it hit me hard:
What if I suddenly pass away?
It may sound morbid but this is an inevitable occurrence which will come- sooner or later; whether we like it or not. It will come like a thief in the night. We really never know as to when, where, and how.
So what will become of my Facebook account after my passing? Will it also die a natural death when I die?
The answers may not be as simple as it sounds but let’s go through this one by one.
To those who are not aware, we can either preserve or let go of our Facebook profiles.
1. MEMORIALIZE our Facebook accounts.
Based on Facebook Policies and Standard Operating Procedures,
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 (ex: 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
- Groups with an admin whose account was memorialized will be able to select new admins
- Pages with a sole admin whose account was memorialized will be removed from Facebook if we receive a valid request
To request for Account Memorialization, you can use this form: CLICK HERE.
2. DELETE our Facebook Accounts.
If we choose to no longer share to our audience the publications we’ve done when we were still alive, deletion of the account is the way to go.
To do this:
- From the top right of Facebook, click and select Settings
- From the left menu, click Security
- Click Legacy Contact
- Click have your account permanently deleted and follow the on-screen instructions
To quote Facebook FAQ:
We will process certain special requests for verified immediate family members, including requests to remove a loved one’s account. This will completely remove the profile (timeline) and all associated content from Facebook, so no one can view it.
For all special requests, we require verification that you are an immediate family member or executor. Requests will not be processed if we are unable to verify your relationship to the deceased.
Examples of documentation that are accepted are the following:
- The deceased’s birth certificate
- The deceased’s death certificate
- Proof of authority under local law that you are the lawful representative of the deceased or his/her estate.
If you are an immediate family member of the departed and wants to request for Account Deletion, you can use this form: CLICK HERE.
If your Facebook account is as personal as mine, it is important to discuss this with a trusted close friend or family members and let them know what you want them to do with your Facebook account once you have departed. They can then request Facebook to do either one of the two mentioned above as you had previously instructed.
This way, our memories will continue to live on especially so to those people that mattered to us the most.
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