Profile Peace is an online profile memorialization & closure service that helps social media users and family members lay digital identities to rest as part of modern day funeral planning. This blog post will address pre-planning or pre-need approaches for managing social media profiles posthumously.
As it relates to pre-need approaches, which in the context of funeral planning, means before a death has occurred, there are 4 main solutions to consider for closing or memorializing social media profiles.
A second pre-need option is using a third-party service such as Profile Peace where a social media user can list their accounts in a secure online database along with their closure and memorialization preferences, and then authorize the service provider to submit their requests upon their death. This option is a best practice in addition to a will, and is a new and modern alternative to formal estate planning. Since more than 60% of people do not have a will or estate plan according to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), pre-planning services like Profile Peace are a practical and cost effective social media solution. This is a new service being introduced by organizations such as Profile Peace in order to meet social media user’s directives for how to handle profiles after death. Click here to learn more about the process Profile Peace provides for listing profiles, selecting preferences, and granting legal authority to a social media service provider to act on your behalf at death.
Moving onto the fourth pre-need planning solution is appointing a legacy contact for Facebook. As discussed earlier when addressing properly closing a social media profile and memorializing accounts, this is an effective solution for Facebook, but does not help close other social media accounts. The result is that the legacy contact is then granted permission to formally request the deletion of a decedent’s Facebook profile at any time. As other social networks progress and evolve to meet the needs of their users, we hope to see similar legacy functionality in the future. Presently, the option of appointing a legacy contact does not address other social media profiles, and therefore is not considered a best practice since it is not a complete and comprehensive solution.
To summarize these four pre-planning approaches, creating a will, appointing a pre-planning service like Profile Peace, trusting a friend or family member with your passwords, or a choosing a legacy contact are the main ways to pre-plan for a decedent’s social media accounts, and having a will in place or a pre-planning service like Profile Peace are best practice solutions. Click here to learn more about our Pre-Planning Social Media Service >
Posting stories on your profile is a fun way to stay in touch. Preserving your legacy online is a prudent way to stay present in the lives of those you love. Profile Peace pre-planning social media service helps you design a lasting and memorable presence posthumously, including setting up profile preferences, tributes, fundraising, and celebrations.
Our pre-planning service maintains a current list of your social media profiles along with your closure and memorialization preferences. Profile Peace will honor your requests as you wish, and secure your accounts with dignity and care.
Create your tribute video(s) with content from your social media profiles to celebrate your vibrant life! Easily add content from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and more to capture and share highlights of your digital legacy.
Raise funds to help cover funeral costs and invest in causes you care about to leave a lasting impact! From family funeral funds to charitable organizations, you can raise funds to support the people and purposes that are dear to your heart.
Celebrations of Life
Share your life story and let others know your special requests. What is your vision of how your family and friends can honor your life? Dedicate a memorable experience to pay respect to the people, places, and things you love.
Our pre-planning service honors your digital legacy by closing and memorializing your social media profiles and celebrating your life posthumously. We help you secure your online accounts, create tribute videos, support the causes you care about, and celebrate your life the way you want. Click here to sign up for our beta launch >
Happy Memorial Day! As we celebrate the start of summer with friends, food, and fun, Profile Peace gratefully honors the military personnel who have served and sacrificed so greatly.
Learn how we help online legacies live on with our pre-planning and in memoriam social media services. Profile Peace wishes you and your family a happy and healthy holiday!
Social media profile information can appear posthumously in advertisements, connections, and notifications to family, friends, and colleagues. To provide peace of mind and protect online legacies, Profile Peace created a continuing education webinar titled "Social Media & Funeral Planning" on caring for a decedent’s social media profiles.
Webinar: Social Media & Funeral Planning
This webinar identifies the 2 ways social media profiles can be handled after death of reporting or not reporting social media profiles to social networks, addresses the benefits of reporting profiles for closure or memorialization, and the security and emotional concerns of unreported profiles appearing in advertisements, connections and notifications.
Our mission is to provide purposeful profile memorialization and closure. With this in mind, Profile Peace warmly invites you to learn social media and funeral planning best practices and earn CE credits. Simply click here to join our community of funeral directors and gain access to the Continuing Education (CE) programs provided by Profile Peace >
On behalf of the Profile Peace community, we thank the brave health care workers on the front lines fighting for our lives against COVID-19. To all social media users and family members impacted by the novel coronavirus, fees for our In Memoriam Social Media Service will be waived to help provide purposeful profile memorialization and closure during this time of difficulty. To learn more, contact our Support Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To ensure the health and safety of all, we strongly encourage everyone to take personal responsibility by strictly adhering to the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please visit the CDC website to learn how to protect yourself, what to do if you think you are sick, symptoms, risks associated with older adults & medical conditions, and how to prepare your family at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
As we practice social distancing and hygiene best practices, our hearts go out to all who are playing an important role to mitigate the spread of the virus. We offer our deepest condolences for those who have lost loved ones as a result of COVID-19. Our culture is centered on courtesy and care, and we are fully committed to help those who are impacted. We welcome you to contact us for social media assistance by emailing email@example.com.
When it comes to social network notifications from our late loved one's, less can be more. To help quiet social network notifications, Profile Peace recommends formally memorializing profiles using our pre-planning and in memoriam social media services.
Social media data includes personal information such as passions, photos, and places connected to our profiles. This data is distributed throughout networks in the form of friend suggestions, birthday reminders, work anniversaries, ads and more.
To serve our audience of families and funeral directors, we created a continuing education webinar titled "Social Media & Funeral Planning" that addresses how a decedent’s social media profiles can impact family, friends, and others. Watch here.
We encourage the Profile Peace community to protect and preserve social media data properly to prevent appearances posthumously. Our mission is to provide purposeful profile memorialization and closure. We welcome you to join our community>
Celebrating Online Legacies in 2020: As we share our digital lives in the new year ahead, Profile Peace is helping social media users and family members celebrate online legacies. Our 2020 initiative is to deliver educational programs on best practices for memorializing social media profiles.
Continuing Education (CE) Programs
Our learning objectives are designed to help social media users, family members, and funeral directors understand and implement social media pre-planning and in memoriam best practices. The Profile Peace mission is to honor online legacies by providing purposeful profile memorialization and closure.
For funeral directors, Profile Peace is an approved provider of Continuing Education programs with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) under License 274.000081, and the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP) under Provider Number 1153.
To start learning, visit our Continuing Education (CE) page here. To read more about our social media services, visit our Pre-Planning page here and In Memoriam page here. For additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We warmly welcome you to join our growing community here.
From all of us at Profile Peace, we hope you have a heartfelt holiday season. Please take time to connect with loved ones this time of year.
As a helpful resource, the Center for Loss & Life Transition shared this thoughtful guide for “Helping Yourself Heal During the Holiday Season.”
With sincere gratitude, we thank you for your support and send all of the very best to you and yours. Wishing you warm season’s greetings!
From the Profile Peace family to yours, we wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving full of sincere gratitude, remembrance, and appreciation.
In the spirit of adding more community, love, and magic to your family’s Thanksgiving holiday, please enjoy the thoughtful Thanksgiving Reader by Seth Godin.
We warmly welcome you to join the Profile Peace community, and thank you for supporting our mission of providing purposeful profile memorialization and closure.
LinkedIn is a long-standing social network that adds meaningful value to the development of careers, the workforce, and the global economy. In fact, LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network with more than 645+ million users in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Their mission is to “connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.”
When a LinkedIn user passes away, the social network offers the option to request the removal of a deceased member's profile. This results in the deletion of the profile. Unlike Facebook, currently there is no option to “memorialize” a LinkedIn user’s profile. Many of us spend a lifetime building a career and serving our communities, and it would be a wonderful change if we could honor our LinkedIn legacies.
Susie Sharp, a LinkedIn trainer, wrote a very thoughtful article about reporting the death of a LinkedIn member, and states that “I start feeling pangs of regret that no relative or connection cared enough for this poor person - or knew how - to report his or her death to LinkedIn.” The comments on Susie's article are generally gracious for the guidance provided, and it is clear that this topic has touched many of us.
To better understand Susie’s feeling, simply perform a search on LinkedIn for the word “deceased.” The results return over 45,000 profiles. Each profile represents the career and life of a colleague, and more importantly, a father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, cousin, grandfather, grandmother, niece, or nephew. Consequently, these loved one’s profiles remain vulnerable.
To provide peace of mind, Profile Peace is creating a Continuing Education (CE) program for funeral directors on caring for a decedent’s LinkedIn profile. Our goal is to honor the professional legacies of the deceased by sharing best practices for remembering profiles. To that end, we are building consensus to support a “legacy badge” on LinkedIn similar to their “public profile badge.”
Our goal is to compassionately inform the public that a user passed away, while still preserving their profile and respecting their professional contributions. Profiles labeled with a LinkedIn “legacy badge” will show the word “Remembering”, the account will be secured so no one can log in, and profile data will no longer appear in advertisements, work anniversary notifications, and birthday reminders.
As we continue our social media afterlife awareness campaign in 2019, we invite you to share stories about your LinkedIn experiences. Our mission at Profile Peace is to help social media accounts of the deceased rest in peace by providing purposeful profile memorialization and closure. Thank you for your ongoing support. We warmly welcome you and your family to join our growing community.
1) About LinkedIn
2) How to Report the Death of a LinkedIn Member
3) How to Create a LinkedIn Badge for Your Website
4) What will happen to my Facebook account if I pass away?
5) Request removal of a deceased member's LinkedIn profile