Facebook Users want to Continue Posting from Beyond the Grave

facebook-after-deathI realize that Facebook is an addiction but this is a bit extreme. Many Facebook users apparently don’t want to stop after death! Who knew they had wi-fi up there?

OK, let’s get serious: What happens to a person’s Facebook page after they die? A recent survey by UK solicitors Jackson Canter found that around half of people would like their Facebook homepage to continue updating posthumously in some way.

In fairness, after questioning 2,000 people on the matter, some of the updating was relatively straightforward, with 55% simply wanting replies to expressions of sympathy after their deaths. However, almost as many wanted a friend of family member to post once or twice a year on their behalf with 10 percent suggesting this be done as often as once a week to “keep their memory alive”.

You can read the full story at https://goo.gl/Z6qd0F.

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I keep getting a “friend request” from someone who died BEFORE there even was Facebook!

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How creepy! I’ve already planned that my page will be wiped, except for a notice about my demise and contact information for sympathy cards, etc, which I only want left up for about six months. After that, Google me. I’ll be in RIP.ie for years!

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My husband passed in 2012. I do not know his password and was unable to remove his page. I have written the company complaining about receiving requests for me to wish him a Happy Birthday which is an unwelcome reminder of having lost a loved one. Do you know how I can remove a page?

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I have learned of the death of extended family and friends by going to their page to send birthday, anniversary or holiday wishes. Because of this, I’m giving my niece my password and requesting that my page be left up for one year, and then removed. I don’t want periodic posts, only the initial one telling of my demise, and how close family may be contacted.

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Mary Dresser Taffet December 2, 2016 at 9:25 pm

My older sister passed away back in June. Since her passing, both of her sons have posted on her page several times as part of their grieving process; the fact that their father passed back in 2013, and they are 27 and 25 probably has something to do with that. Her page received hundreds of tributes when her passing was first announced on her page. I had to stop looking at them, because they were at the same time both heartwarming and heartwrenching. Those who knew her well continue to share memories of her, and continue to offer kind words to her sons to help them in their grieving.

I’d hate to see her page disappear anytime soon, because at some point I’d really like to go back and read all the tributes that I just couldn’t bear to read back then, and I think her sons would have an even more difficult time without it being there.

On the other hand, I’m not looking forward to being reminded every year about her upcoming birthday, though I’d never forget it anyway.

Just the other day both of her sons and some of her closest friends received notifications that they had been FB friends for 7 years, which brought a whole new round of memories.

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