This is a touchy subject, but an important one. What happens to someone’s Facebook Account when he or she passes away? Relatives can request to have the account deleted, but often families don’t want to do that. They would like to keep the photos and posts of the dearly departed and leave a space for friends to leave their thoughts, but it can be very jarring to see a birthday gift suggestions for a deceased friend.
Fortunately, Facebook does offer a memorialization option for accounts.
A memorialized account is different from a regular profile in several ways. No one can log into a memorialized account and no new friend requests can be accepted.
The account keeps the deceased’s previous privacy settings. So if he or she permitted friends to post on the timeline, friends and family can still share memories there. Plus they can also send private messages, if they wish.
Content shared by the deceased remains on Facebook and friends can still see it. Photos, status updates, links, videos etc… are still visible.
However, friends won’t receive special occasion reminders and the deceased won’t pop up under suggestions for People You May Know.
To request that an account be memorialized, follow this link and fill out the form. It’s a simple form that requests basic information.
Family members, friends, co-workers or classmates can request the change. To prevent fraud or pranks in terrible taste, Facebook will request a link to an obituary or news article.
If immediate family members prefer, they can request the removal of the deceased’s account by following this link. For that you’ll need a birth and death certificate and proof that you are a representative of the deceased or their estate.
If you’d like to create an account in memory of someone who has already passed away, you would go to the create a page section and create a page in memory of that person.
And I think it’s a good time to remind people that it’s a good idea to make sure that passwords to your social media accounts, blogs, e-mail and other online accounts are important. It’s not a bad idea to make sure you keep that information stored with your will and other important papers in the event you die or become incapacitated.