There IS Facebook After Life…

This information appeared in my April 2012 email newsletter, and was inspired by my wife’s aunt Michele Balfe, who died on the evening of April 17th. Previous to that, i had helped to memorialize the account of her sister, my mother-in-law, in 2009. Frankly, this is social media news you hope you never need to use. But when you need it, here it is…and if you need it now, my condolences on your loss.

When someone close to you dies, their Facebook account might be the furthest thing from your mind…but i can tell you from experience that memorializing an account both provides a ready-made way for friends and family to post remembrances and well-wishes AND removes the sting of posts or messages left by those who are unaware of the passing, such as gaming requests or silly quotes or even vacation photos that the deceased will never see.

What does "memorializing" a Timeline do to the account?
Memorializing an account sets the account privacy so that only confirmed friends can see the profile (timeline) or locate it in search. Friends and family can leave posts in remembrance. Memorializing an account also prevents anyone from logging into the account.

Click here to submit a request for memorialization of a Facebook account.

What if i want the deceased's Timeline removed completely?
Facebook does accept requests from verified immediate family members for the complete removal of the deceased's account. This will completely remove the profile (timeline) and all associated content from Facebook, so no one can view it. Examples of documentation that they will accept to prove your status as an immediate family member or executor include:

  • 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.

Click here to request that a deceased user's account be removed from Facebook.

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