Who Will Handle your Facebook Page After You Are Gone?

Who will be able to update your Facebook after you die or even if you become disabled? Who will notify your friends and acquaintances of your death or disability? Who will be able to reply to messages sent to you?Assuming you will not be able to you?

The answer is “nobody” unless you take action in advance to designate a digital heir of your Facebook account, someone who can speak for you when you are no longer able to speak for yourself. Luckily, you can do that within a few seconds.

You can choose a family member or close friend to care for your account at https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=security (and sign in if you have to). Click on the link for “Legacy Contact – Choose a family member or close friend to care for your account if something happens to you.

I just updated my information there and suggest you do the same.

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Thank You for this suggestion, I just noticed a note to a deceased cousin by someone who obviously doesn’t know he is not there anymore. I wonder if his Widow will see the comments to him and wonder if she can do anything about it now.

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    —> I wonder if his Widow will see the comments to him and wonder if she can do anything about it now.

    If the widow knows her deceased husband’s Facebook password, she can change it. However, if she does not know that password, she will be unable to change anything.

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Thank you for these important insights. This does, however, suggest a broader concept that we would all be wise to consider. In the event of your demise, who would you like to have notified, completely aside from any “social media” sources. I do not participate in Facebook, so that’s not an issue. But I have a number of friends and acquaintances I’d like to be notified should I make an unscheduled appearance as a hood ornament on a Mack truck…I have not thought about this for my self until this minute, but I will. Christmas card lists? Email lists? How would I hope this might be handled? Should certainly be part of my “In the Event” notebook I’m compiling.

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