How to handle social media for when you lose a loved one

I love social media, from the moment I realized what it could do for me to personally brand myself, I was a fan. At some point, the world caught on and very many of our friends, family, and children are growing into the platforms. For years, when a loved one or close friend has died – I had the awkward moment. Should I tell them they should memorialize the page? I send that awkward message, maybe it’s not awkward, but it feels like it to me.

It’s hard enough to lose someone close, and we want to hold on to things that make them feel still close. The world is full of hackers – we must follow through so that we don’t deal with the aftermath of their accounts being hacked.

This is by no means a comprehensive list but here are the links to the most relevant information I could think of…

  1. Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/help/1506822589577997/
  2. Twitter – https://support.twitter.com/articles/87894
  3. Instagram – https://help.instagram.com/264154560391256?helpref=page_content
  4. LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/2842/deceased-linkedin-member-removing-profile?lang=en

If you are reading this because you have lost someone …. I am sorry for your loss and hope you can find peace.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted – Matthew 5:4

This post was written after I have recently lost someone. Every time I see their social profile – I remember how much I love them and how much time I missed. Memorializing their page is a way to honor them and protect them at the same time.

If you are reading this because you stumbled upon it, I would encourage to look through the links. There are options you can employee employe legacy contacts, etc. that will help your loved ones when the time comes.

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