Dealing With Digital Accounts after the Death of a Loved One
As of 2019, over three-quarters of the U.S. population uses social media and has some form of digital presence on the web. Online profiles are a digital legacy of each person and lives on even after a person passes away.
However, for some people who have lost loved ones, scrolling through memories on the internet can be highly distressing.
This is why we want to share with you some options on how to deal with social media accounts of a deceased loved one and what to consider.
Delete the Accounts
This is a big step. Deleting the account of your loved one means that their information and photographs stored on social media will be removed. Usually, this action can’t be reversed, so you would want to make sure that this is the right step. Make sure you save the files you want to keep before taking this step.
Also, you may want to discuss it with other family members and make sure everyone is on board with deleting the accounts. Once you’ve made the decision to remove the accounts you’ll need to:
1. Visit their profile and save any information and photographs you want to keep.
2. Contact the social media site and let them know the individual has passed away.
3. Provide all the relevant information such as their full name, social media name, e-mail address, and any other information that will help identify your loved one’s profile.
4. Send proof of death such as the death certificate and proof of your relationship with them.
Keep in mind that different social media platforms require different information to process the account deactivation and removal. For example, platforms such as Twitter automatically delete any account that has been inactive for over six months so you don’t have to go through the entire process mentioned above.
Memorialize the Account
Many people prefer to keep the social media accounts of the deceased person as a way to remember them and allow others who were connected with the person to do the same. Most social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook offer the option to memorialize the accounts. Once an account has been changed, it works differently from other accounts.
For example, a Facebook legacy account won’t send out birthday notifications to avoid any unnecessary distress to loved ones. However, contacts will still be able to look at the pictures and memories, approve friend requests, and post tributes for the deceased person.
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