Planning Your Digital Farewell: Managing Online Accounts and Memorials After Death

PLANNING YOUR DIGITAL FAREWELL: MANAGING ONLINE ACCOUNTS AND MEMORIALS AFTER DEATH

Have you thought about your social media fate after death? Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn have become integral to how we connect personally and professionally these days. But what becomes of our digital legacies and online profiles when we die?
DIGITAL LEGACIES: SOCIAL MEDIA AFTER ONE’S PASSING

This guide from Funera Sydney examines common social media policies around death and strategies to manage your digital legacy.
#1. FACEBOOK MEMORIALISATION: APPOINTING A LEGACY MANAGER FOR YOUR PROFILE

Facebook allows users to nominate a trusted legacy contact to memorialise and moderate their profile after death. They can manage tributes, friend requests, and privacy settings to keep your memory alive online.
  • Name of the deceased
  • Their LinkedIn URL
  • Your relationship to them
  • Their email address
  • Date of passing
  • Link to a published obituary


  • For deceased users on LinkedIn, there is no memorialisation - only account removal. A close contact can submit a LinkedIn profile removal form online with the specified details.
    #2. TWITTER TERMINATION: REQUESTING ACCOUNT DELETION AFTER LOSS

    Unlike memorialisation, Twitter only allows full account deletion after someone passes away. Under their inactive account policy, Twitter removes dormant profiles automatically following six months of inactivity.
    #3. LINKEDIN SHUT DOWN: CLOSING BUSINESS PROFILES RESPECTFULLY

    A probate grant by a solicitor can support cases where assets are too big and complex; as in it involves multiple stakeholders, or if the estate includes enterprises. Legal advice may be deemed necessary in the distribution, management, and appraisal of substantial estate assets.
    #4. INSTAGRAM MEMORIALISATION: FREEZING ACCOUNTS IN TIME

    Similar to Facebook, Instagram offers memorialised accounts to freeze a profile in perpetuity after a death. It resembles a living user's page, but remains static with no new content possible.
    #5. DIGITAL LEGACY CONTACTS: THE ETHICS AROUND PASSWORD SHARING

    What if you want to provide login access to social media and other online accounts before death? Official advice warns never to share passwords when living. But some people privately assign trusted contacts regardless.
    If you need guidance on digital legacy planning, contact us. We're here to help memorialise loved ones online and off. At Funera Sydney, we assist families with affordable funeral arrangements in Sydney.
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