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Kenan Farrell will be speaking tomorrow at Indiana Lawyers Present: The CASE for Social Media.

“Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from Indiana attorneys on how to use social media to generate clients, connect with legal professional, validate your area of expertise, drive website traffic and so much more!”

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A friend passed away a few months ago. I miss seeing him walking the streets of downtown Indy and hearing his laugh across the Rathskeller Biergarten. But there’s one place I still see him all the time…on Facebook. His profile still shows up frequently in Mutual Friends and even on some events that he RSVP’d for before he passed.

Given the explosive growth of Facebook (now over 500 million users, with 61% aged 35 or older), the death of Facebook friends is going to become more commonplace. Recognizing this, Facebook has a fairly simple procedure in place to Report a Deceased Person’s Profile.

Facebook gives two options: to memorialize or to remove the profile. Memorializing a profile removes certain sensitive information and sets privacy so that only confirmed friends can see the profile or locate it in search. The Wall remains so that friends and family can leave posts in remembrance. In fact, I still see people leaving posts months later, particularly around birthdays, holidays and anniversaries.

Only immediate family members are able to remove a profile. This will completely remove the account from Facebook so that no one can view it. If you are requesting a removal but are not an immediate family member of the deceased, the account will instead be memorialized.

Facebook also requires proof of death, usually a link to an online obituary.

I haven’t reported my friend’s death on Facebook because I frankly feel it’s more appropriate to leave that decision to the family. But seeing as how his parents are both older and probably not on Facebook, I’m not sure whether that will happen. Just goes to show that Facebook can streamline the procedure, but the death of a friend will never be something easy to deal with.

There are some things you can do to make your own passing easier on those you leave behind. For more info, see Planning Your Digital Estate.

Facebook – Report a Deceased Person’s Profile

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