After your loved one’s cremation services in Murfreesboro, TN, you may be familiar with some of their accounts that need to be taken care of such as credit card or utility bills, but what about their social media accounts?
With almost everyone being on one social media platform or another, chances are, your loved one has one or more accounts that will need to be addressed. While you certainly don’t have to handle these accounts, it is recommended to prevent the accounts being hacked and thieves using your loved one’s identity.
While there are several different social media platforms, we are going to cover some of the most common and let you know how you can handle these accounts.
Facebook is the giant of social media. It’s the platform that started it all and most likely, even if your loved one doesn’t have any other social media accounts, they have a Facebook account.
Memorializing the account- This option allows the account to remain active and allows people to be able to post to it. This is nice if you would like a digital place where friends and family can post pictures, tell memories, etc. Facebook states that this also keeps the account secure.
Legacy – If your loved one named a person as a legacy on their account, then that person named will be able to log into the account and manage it that way. They can then keep the account open, set it to private, deactivate it, etc.
Instagram is a huge platform with millions of users. If you loved one had an Instagram account, you can have their account memorialized as with Facebook. When you do this on Instagram, the word “Remembering” will be put in front of the person’s name on their profile indicating it is a memorialized account.
Instagram also allows you to remove the account. This will delete their account from any feeds and remove it from any searches.
If your loved one had a Twitter account, you won’t have an option to memorialize it, rather Twitter only allows the account to be deactivated and removed.
If your loved one was a business professional, they probably had a LinkedIn account. LinkedIn allows two ways for their account to handled:
If you have the authority to act on their behalf, you can request to memorialize or close the account.
If you do not have the authority to act on their behalf, you can report them as deceased. This will result in the account being hidden and no longer searchable or visible on LinkedIn
When you are dealing with these platforms, they will require certain documents. What exact documents will depend on what specific platform you are dealing with and what option on that platform you are trying to achieve. Some of the documents you may be asked for could include:
Making sure you have these documents ahead of time can save you a lot of headaches later down the line.
While these are some of the most common social media platforms, they are, by no means, all of them. Some of the others include:
Don’t worry if you don’t know all the platforms your loved one was on. Just handle the ones you can and see if other friends or family members may know of any others. After your loved one’s cremation services in Murfreesboro, TN, you will have a lot on your plate. While taking care of their social media accounts is something that should be addressed, it doesn’t have to be done right way.