What Happens to Your Facebook Page After You Die?

Updated on March 20, 2018
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks writes for HubPages and Blasting News. She loves sharing interesting information with people all over the world.

Facebook has made it so easy for something to be done with an account after the death of a user. In fact, there are three different ways.

  1. Memorialization: A close relative could request that it be “memorialized,” which locks and freezes the account forever.
  2. Deactivation - A user could request that his or her account be deactivated and taken down.
  3. Give Password to Someone Else - A user could give someone his password for someone else to have full control of his account. However, this is a violation of Facebook’s terms of service.

Choose the first or the second one above.

Legacy Feature

There are millions of people who have Facebook and other social media accounts. Sometimes account holders die and news feeds continue to go to and come from their accounts after their death.

Their birthday notifications are still sent to their followers, and sometimes automatic requests come through from the deceased accounts.

There is a legal way for a person's Facebook account to be memorialized or deactivated after a person's death. However, the legacy feature must be set up before the person dies. If not, the account will continue forever.

If you are interested in setting up the legacy feature on your account, it is quick and very easy to do.

You might want to share this information with your family and friends who don't know about this worthwhile feature.

Setting Up a Legacy Contact

It is very easy to set up a legacy contact, and it doesn't take much time at all to do so.

To add a legacy contact, do these things in order:

  1. Go to the top right of your Facebook page.
  2. Click on the downward arrow.
  3. Scroll down to Settings and Click on it. When you do, you see General Account Settings.
  4. Click Manage Account at the bottom of the list.
  5. Type in a friend or family member's name to complete your Legacy Contact.
  6. Click Add.
  7. Let the person know he or she is your legacy contact.
  8. Click Send.

Your Legacy Contact

A legacy contact is someone you choose to manage your account after you die. That person will be able to do things like pin a post on your timeline, to let your friends know that you have passed away.

This is a good way to notify others about your death and funeral arrangements such as your friends and family members who are far away.

If can choose to have your account permanently deleted after your death, you need to stipulate it before you die.

Memorialized vs Deleted Account

You can notify Facebook in advance if you want your account to be memorialized or permanently deleted.

Memorialize Accounts

A memorialized account is a place for friends and family to gather and share memories after a person who has passed away. Memorialized accounts have the following key features:

  • The word Remembering will be shown next to the person's name next to the profile.
  • Friends can share memories on the memorialized timeline providing the setting allows it.
  • The content the deceased person has shared stays on Facebook and continues to be visible to the audience it was shared with.
  • No one can log into a memorialized account.
  • Memorialized accounts that don't have a legacy contact can't be changed.

Deleted Account

If can choose to have your account permanently deleted after your death, you need to stipulate it before you die. There are only a few steps to set it up.

  1. Click on Setting from the top right of your Facebook page.
  2. Click General Settings.
  3. Click Manage Account.
  4. Click Request Account Deletion and follow the instructions listed. Make sure that is what you want to happen because there are other other options.

Facebook Profile Memorialized

If you die, a relative or friend can request for your Facebook profile to become memorialized, if that is what you wish.

Your photos and posts will stay visible, but no one will be able to log in to your account any longer. It freezes your page in time, and your legal contact cannot post or delete anything.

If you prefer, you can request for your page to be taken down if you die. This procedure gives you control over what you want to happen to your page instead of leaving it active when you are in your resting place.

Facebook will need a death certificate or some proof that you have died in order for someone to memorialize your profile.

It is a personal preference, but some people choose to have a legacy contact instead of having their account memorialize.

What Your Legacy Contact Can Do

Your legacy contact will be able to look after your Facebook page, but there some things he or she will be able to do or not do.

What the legacy contact can do:

  • Share a final message on your behalf and provide information about a memorial service. Make sure your setting allows your legacy contact to post temporarily. Once it is memorialized, your legacy contact won't be allowed to post if you have it set for only you to post.
  • Your legacy contact will be able to update your profile picture and cover photo if you like. Most people don't want that to happen.
  • Your legacy contact is the only one who can request the removal of your account.
  • You also have the option to allow your legacy contact to download a copy of what you've shared on Facebook.

What Your Legal Contact Can't Do

A legacy contact must be at least 18 or older. Your legacy contact cannot do the following things:

  • Log into your account
  • Remove or change past posts, photos and other things shared on your timeline
  • Read your messages
  • Remove any of your friends or make new friend requests
  • Add a new legacy contact to your account

If You Change Your Mind

You are not locked into a legacy contact. However, keep in mind that it is just like a will. The last contact you have on file is the legal one. If you remove your last contact, then there will be no agreement for anyone to manage your page after your demise.

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