Managing Social Media Accounts After a Loved One has Passed

By: Tom Gallagher
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

After a loved one has passed it is more than likely you will be the person to manage all of their social media accounts. Social media has a big impact on our lives and over time has become an important factor that a lot of people have made a part of their lives for social, business and personal matters.

 

When a loved one has died there is the option of deactivating those accounts and in some cases memorializing the accounts for family and friends to have the ability to posts comments, pictures, and tributes to their loved one.

 

Here are a few of the popular social media platforms and instructions for moving forward with a deactivation or memorialization:

 

Facebook:

  • Click the account menu at the top right
  • Select “Settings”
  • Click “Security” in the left column
  • Choose “Deactivate Account” – then follow the steps to confirm

Memorialize: You have to have proof of death for the account holder (Death Certificate) – and submit a request to Facebook.

 

Twitter

  • Go to account settings & click on “Deactivate account” at the bottom of the page
  • Read over the deactivation information and click “okay”
  • Enter the password when prompted to verify the deactivation

Note: The deletion of the account can take up to 30 days as stated in the Privacy Policy. Also, content may still appear in Google and Bing after the deactivation which Twitter has no control over.

 

Instagram

  • Go to the – Delete your Account page (Link brings you directly to this page)
  • You must log in to continue with the deletion of the account
  • Select an option from the drop-down menu for the reason of deletion
  • Re-enter your password
  • Click “Permanently Delete Account”

Memorialize: You have to have proof of death for the account holder (Death Certificate) – and submit a request to Instagram

 

LinkedIn

  • Log into your loved one’s LinkedIn account
  • Put the cursor over the profile picture in the top right corner
  • Go down and click on “Privacy and Settings”
  • Re-enter the password if required and click “Account” on the left
  • Click “Close Account”
  • Confirm deletion of account

 

When you are placed with the responsibility of managing these accounts, in order to have access you will need login information such as usernames, emails, and passwords. If your loved one has not left these behind, you can contact the platform and explain the situation and reason for deactivating and memorializing.

 

If you have any other questions or would like to speak to our professionals at, Thomas Gallagher Funeral Home, you can contact us here.  

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the letters you see in the image.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

How Do I Plan a Celebration of Life if I Have no Instructions?

The concept of death is never easy; when you are faced with it you are hit with a wall of many different emotions, from sadness, to anger, to anxiety, to stress. On top of moving through the grievi...

Who Can be a Pallbearer?

It is important to note that pallbearer can be any close to the deceased; they are the select family members and friends. They are the ones that carry the casket. However, in most cases, because of...

Steps Involved in the Funeral Planning Process

Funerals are an overwhelming and stressful time. However, even thinking of trying to plan a funeral while dealing with your own grief can send you over the edge. For most people, there are many unk...

Why are Flowers a Common Choice for a Funeral Service?

If you attend a funeral service at the Thomas Gallagher Funeral Home, you will notice the flowers given by those who want to send their sympathies to the mourning family. Did you know that using fl...

Tips for Choosing the Right Type of Flower for a Funeral

Thomas Gallagher Funeral Home is a professional service provider who caters to your particular needs in this dramatic moment. With this in mind, one of the most important things that you would have...

Cremation vs. Burial... How to Decide Which is Best

The burial of a loved one marks the start of a long and emotionally taxing journey to their funeral service. One of the main decisions you must make as the person in charge of planning the funeral ...

Unique Memorials From Around the World

Having a special way to remember our loved ones and heroes is a great of showing how much we cared about them. A memorial could be in any form as long as it shows or depicts the love that someone h...

Common Misconceptions about Funeral Directors

  Many people have their certain presumptions about people working in the funeral industry.  They often look at them as a frightening figure since they are often depicted in the pop cult...

5 Funeral Etiquette Tips You Need to Know

Being aware of proper funeral etiquette can prepare you for a funeral service, especially if you have never attended a funeral previously. Everyone present at a funeral is going through some level ...

Different ways to Personalize an Obituary

As many of you have seen before, obituaries are published in newspapers and online as a way to pay tribute when a death occurs. Naturally, in an obituary, the birth and death date are stated and cl...