What Will Happen to my Facebook Account If I Die?

align boxBlog Owner and Post Author: Lainy

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.

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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.

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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.

Source:
Facebook Help Center

24 thoughts on “What Will Happen to my Facebook Account If I Die?”

  1. Hmmmmm,

    Methinks, if you suddenly pass away, you should not bother about a trivial thing like facebook.

    More important events will happen to you such as face God.

    Leave your footprints in the sands of time.

    1. @Windy,

      Please do not take me out of context. I clearly know what you meant but you should know what I meant too. Lol!

      For Facebook enthusiasts, this is important. And for my blogging comeback, I deemed it best to publish about this because when I was in absentia across my blogs, I have been actively updating at FB. Important milestones were shared thus making it a very personal undertaking.

      I am aware you do not like Facebook as much as we do, but it has got an edge when it comes to mileage and yeah… MEMORIALIZATION!

      P.S.
      I am awaiting for your post:
      HOW TO FACE GOD AS WRITTEN BY WINDY

      1. @ Lainybelle,

        Yeah, you got one thing right. I hate facebook. LOL.

        Now, about what you meant and what I meant and what facebook means after life….the truth is…..

        After life, there is only one book, godbook.

        There is infinity. No yesterdays. We leave this miserable place called Earth, faceless. Just rotting flesh and bones or ashes.

        After life, time is timeless.

        Just why I wanna go Home

        1. @Windy,

          I am not refuting your “Godly” comments, Windy as we are on the same wavelength. I also am not discounting the fact that you’ve got a missionary background.

          This post refers to Facebook memorialization per se. No arguments. Lol!

          We all have our own time. All of us want to have a rest from our own struggles. Only God knows when it will happen.

          It’s not your time yet so don’t wish to go “Home” just yet.

          1. Ahem! thanks for elevating my position from “missionary” to “godly”.

            Hmmm, now what shade of grey is that? 51?

      2. @ Lainybelle.


        P.S.
        I am awaiting for your post:
        HOW TO FACE GOD AS WRITTEN BY WINDY

        I will make it easy.

        Just write it here. (Nice try, trying to get me back to Blog. Hahaha)

        How to face God (after death)?

        Answer is: Face Him naked.

          1. Yeah, that’s the only way to get God malibog so that He mitigates the punishment He will mete out on our dreadful sinful soul.

  2. Woah! what a post! I know how you feel about your absence in the blogging world because we are in the same position. 😀 The only difference is, your absence is missed by a lot of your friends, followers and fans. And I’m one of them. You know how I look up to your writing ability. Walay pabor2x! Haha! Even if I get updates about you on Facebook, iba pa rin ang dating when you put everything in writing.

    And look at how intriguing your post is right now! I, myself, haven’t thought about this until now. Anyway, if I die young, I won’t bother about Facebook. Yung maiiwanan ko na lang ang bahala doon. 😀

    1. Ally,

      I am on and off. In the beginning, I wasn’t used to it but now it’s becoming a habit. Haha! Anyhow, thanks for the lovely words. I hope you’re not speaking full of biases. Hahahaha!

      There’s not much blogpals left; some have completely given up blogging. I was close to it too. At the last minute, I have changed my mind.

      Make sure you entrust to someone and put into writing yong Facebook account mo, hehe.

      Missing you! Mwah!

  3. This post reminds me of 2 people: one is Christina Grimmie and the 2nd one is a blogger I also know who recently died. And I agree, for those who are actively using FB, this is important. I remember, there was one FB account of my friend that stayed on even after she died, it wasn’t deactivated, etc and so her birthday still shows up in the notification of her friends, so people who have no idea would greet her happy birthday. :( And I don’t like seeing those greetings.

  4. Now this got me thinking… But I’m going to make it easy for F. Okay na blogs na lang ang iwanan. I can let go of the FB account hahaha. Btw, like mo na Lang entry ko. You’ve already commented :-)

  5. I’m a Facebook user but I didn’t know about memorialization of account. And I think i would opt for that instead of having an administrator. I don’t want to scare my family and friends if the admin posted something using my credentials.

  6. I liked this Facebook memorialization because I honestly loved what I’ve done in the past and no qualms at all. The new generation of my family can learn and know about my life through my FB postings and blogs too.

  7. This is true and helpful for those who might not know. A great way to do when someone you know dies, for me. I make sure that I track all my pass and user in a book to make sure that when I die in a sudden death, they can figure things out for me easier than it should be.

  8. Well, this is one of the features facebook just created and it’s quite helpful, though.But on the other hand, I find it strange a little. But nonetheless, if this is available way back then, most probably we will get to see our heroes’ facebook timeline – memorialized one.

  9. You know what sis Lainy, this actually crossed my mind but never really researched on it. I have several friends who used to be active in FB who passed away recently. I am not sure what happened to their accounts, not that I checked recently. Maybe I should and see if I will find that “remembering” word on their profile.

    Thanks for posting this info. I’d ask my family to immortalize my account hahaha.

  10. Oh this is new to me. Hmmm…my husband knows my facebook account details so if and when I die first, siya na bahala ahahahha! I also know his details so ako na pud bahala. Lol! Hope dugay pa unta kay nag-enjoy pako sa life. XOXO

  11. Never really thought about this myself but it’s good to know there are such options in Facebook. This got me thinking how I can make my Facebook account worth “memorializing” which is probably to enjoy special moments, no matter how simple they may be. Who can say what particular moment a person would remember us by.

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