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Managing Social Media Accounts for Deceased

After a loved ones’ passing and cremation services in Michigan City, IN., there will be many things you need to take care of. One of those things is social media accounts your loved one might have had. Today, people have a life online just as much, if not more, as they do offline.

Addressing these accounts will ensure their digital space is updated and protected. Social media accounts can include, but are not limited to, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tik Tok, and Linkedin.

While there are numerous social media platforms your loved one could have, we will discuss how to manage some of the most popular ones.

Facebook

This is most likely the most well-known social media outlet. It has been a giant in the social space for a long time and continues to gain new users every day.

If your loved one planned ahead, they may have appointed a person on their account as their “legacy contact”. This assigned person would have the authority to post on the deceased’s account and continue to manage it.

If no legacy contact was assigned, you would need to contact Facebook with proof of death as well as documents proving your identification. Then you could either have the account deleted or set up as a “memorial” page.

Having a memorial page means that in front of your loved one’s name, the word “Remembering” will be added. This allows the page content to remain and people to post on the page, but nobody will have access to functions such as changing pictures, seeing messages, etc.

Twitter

With Twitter being more strict, their policies prohibit log in information to be given out no matter what the case. This means that there is no legacy contact and no way to access and manage the account. You can, however, delete the account. To do this you will need to contact Twitter with proof of death and identification for your loved one.

Instagram

Since Facebook owns Instagram, the policies are the similar. While Instagram does not feature a “legacy contact” option, it does allow you to either delete the account or set up as a “memorial” account.

To do this, you will need to show that your identification, and the loved one’s death or birth certificate, and proof that you have the legal power over their estate.

If you loved one had any other social media accounts, it is best to look at those companies’ policies and procedures since they can all differ. Also know that current polices can change at any time. It is best if you have your loved one’s log in information to ensure you are able to access and manage the accounts.

cremation services in Michigan City, INAfter your loved one’s cremation services in Michigan City, IN., managing their online presence is something that will need to be taken care of. Although we have addressed how to handle the top three social media accounts, your loved one could have many more. If you need additional help or have questions, reach out to the caring staff at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center and let them assist you.