Sometimes it can be hard to unplug. We spend our workdays and even our leisure time with our noses glued to the screens of the tiny little computers most of us carry in our pockets—computers which, I’m told, also happen to make telephone calls.
For many, their smart phone is now the primary way they stay updated with important current events, like what their former high school classmates are having for dinner, the latest viral cat videos, and perhaps even their children or grandchildren.
And nowhere can you find more of this kind of information than on Facebook. The ubiquitous website that we all somehow lived without until just a few short years ago.
But if you really can’t live without checking your Facebook account, what will you do after you die? Surely the cumulative effect of all of those hours of liking, sharing, and pursuing your timeline will not be wasted?
Well fear no more. Facebook now allows users to “memorialize” their accounts so that loved ones can continue to visit your page and reminisce. As the company itself puts it:
“Facebook is a place to share and connect with friends and family. For many of us, it’s also a place to remember and honor those we’ve lost. When a person passes away, their account can become a memorial of their life, friendships and experiences.”
To allow your account to be memorialized, you’ll need to change some account settings while you are alive (perhaps while, ahem, you’re working on updating your other estate planning documents). You’ll need to designate a “legacy contact” who is authorized to notify Facebook of your death. Once your account has been memorialized, people will be able to write on your wall and even share details about planned memorials. You may also allow that person to be able to download your photos and save them for your family.
On the other hand, you may not want anyone snooping through your Facebook account after you’re gone, either. You also have the option of having your account deleted at your death.
To learn how to apply this settings, you can read the original article from Facebook at this link.