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What Happens to Your Facebook Page When You Die?

The Truth May Surprise You

BY // 06.14.17

Millions of people are active on Facebook every single day. But have you ever wondered what happens to your profile when you pass away? Does it remain frozen in time? Does it eventually disappear? As it turns out, that is up to you and/or your family.

There are two options when it comes to handling your Facebook page after death:

1). You can choose to have it memorialized

You can opt in your setting to have your page memorialized. This means that it will be locked so that no one can log in as you, but your Facebook friends can still make posts and share memories. All of your previous posts and pictures will remain intact. This can be a nice way of letting others reminisce and keep your memory alive.

You can also choose a legacy contact, which is a person from your friend list that you designate to manage your account. They cannot log in as you or read your messages, but they can make posts, change your profile and cover photos, and respond to friend requests.

2). You can choose to have it deleted.

You may decide that once you pass away, you want your Facebook page completely removed. This can be selected under your security settings. In this case, your entire profile and everything you have posted will be permanently removed.

Your family may also request to have the page removed after you die but must submit a special request with Facebook that must be approved. They can also request to download and archive all of the information from your account, but that also must be approved by Facebook.

It can be a good idea to talk to your family ahead of time and let them know how you want your social media accounts handled and to choose the settings that align with your preferences.

Michael “Tripp” Carter co-founded Houston’s leading funeral home with Ronald Francis Bradshaw. Bradshaw and Carter believed a funeral home should be just that — a home, and service only one family at a time. Sparing no expense in its design and decor, the red-bricked, Georgian-style Bradshaw-Carter funeral home, which opened in March 2004, looks like a baronial mansion.

Bradshaw-Carter believe that beauty can soften sorrow and Bradshaw’s plan was to make sure that everyone, not just the city’s elite, are given the opportunity to experience the ultimate goodbye experience. For more information, click here.

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