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
The service provided by today’s funeral director encompasses both traditional arrangements and modern day planning. While most funeral directors are comfortable providing traditional arrangements, many often struggle with modern day issues related to technology. For example, how to answer family questions about memorializing a loved one’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram profiles?
Social media raises new questions in the timeless funeral industry. To address those questions throughly and thoughtfully, continuing education (CE) provides an opportunity for funeral directors to acquire new skills, maintain their professional competence, and provide quality professional services as part of modern day funeral planning. Not only is CE an ongoing requirement, it is also a chance to add value.
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.
Continuing Education (CE) Programs
Profile Peace is an approved Funeral Director & Embalmer Continuing Education (CE) Sponsor with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) under License 274.000081, and an approved Continuing Education Provider with the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP) under Provider Number 1153. For help, please email email@example.com.
This blog post continues our mission in 2019 of raising social media afterlife awareness by asking the question - how does your family prefer to communicate? The majority of families use a combination of phone calls, text messaging, email, social networking, and written letters to stay in touch to varying degrees. Pew Research Center compiled the statistics behind the communication mediums that are used most often by different generations to highlight the role of social media in the context of family communications. The Pew Research Center data categorizes family communications in 3 groups:
The social science of family interactions and communication mediums suggests that while the majority of U.S. adults have social media profiles, families tend to use phone calls, text messages, and email far more than social media to stay in touch. As a result, family members may not be aware of the various social media profiles their loved one’s have simply because they do not interact through that communication medium. Consequently, when a family member passes away, their social media profiles may not be considered.
In an effort to provide peace of mind and digital closure, Profile Peace has created our In Memoriam Social Media Service to help families lay their loved one’s social media profiles to rest with dignity and care. As we continue our social media afterlife awareness campaign in 2019, we invite you to share stories about how your family prefers to communicate and the extent to which social media is used. Profile Peace provides purposeful profile memorialization and closure, and we warmly welcome you to join our community.
As Profile Peace continues our 2019 mission of raising social media afterlife awareness, this post is meant to provide a solution to help protect your Facebook account posthumously by appointing a legacy contact. A legacy contact is an option only Facebook provides (as of July 2019), and each Facebook user has to add a legacy contact to their account to use this functionality.
If you are 18 years or older, you can add a legacy contact by clicking Settings > Memorialization Settings > Typing in a friend’s name and clicking Add > and then clicking Send to let your friend know they are now your legacy contact. You can change your legacy contact by repeating the same steps, and once your account is memorialized your legacy contact will be notified.
The benefits of having a legacy contact include the ability to post a final message or memorial information to your profile, updating profile pictures and cover photos, removing your account, and downloading a copy of your Facebook data. While a legacy contact cannot log into your account, read messages, or add and remove friends, they can help transition your Facebook profile.
Facebook is a pioneer with their unique legacy contact functionality, and we hope to see similar solutions from other social networks since the average social media user has about 7 profiles. Profile Peace can help you plan for all of your social media profiles using our pre-planning service or streamline the memorialization and closure process using our in memoriam service.
What are your plans for your social media profiles? As we continue our social media afterlife awareness campaign in 2019, we invite you to share your experience appointing a legacy contact and protecting social media profiles for you and your loved ones. Profile Peace provides purposeful profile memorialization and closure, and we warmly welcome you to join our community.
This sixth blog post in 2019 continues our mission of raising social media afterlife awareness by talking trust, social media, and afterlife planning. Social media in essence is about building relationships, and an essential component of meaningful relationships is trust. Trust can be defined as a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. We trust to varying degrees in relationships with family, friends, colleagues, communities, and companies, including social media networks that connect us.
In our daily lives, society places trust in educational institutions to teach students, fiduciary duty in financial institutions to honor customers, belief in religious organizations to guide followers, faith in our government to serve citizens, and confidence in professionals such as funeral directors, attorneys, doctors, nurses, coaches, and leaders to serve our communities and best interests. All of these trustworthy constituents earn our trust by helping us improve the quality of our daily lives and our communities.
Another major constituent in our daily lives that we rely on heavily yet often fail to trust is social media. According to the latest national poll conducted in 2018 supported by Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Rad Campaign and Lincoln Park Strategies, 87% of Americans use social media and yet 3 out of 5 Americans have very little or no trust that social networks will protect our data and information. In order to deepen our relationships with social media networks, the onus to establish trust and accountability is on us.
The majority of American adults use social media daily, and this technological innovation and communication medium gives us unprecedented freedom to share the richness of our lives socially both locally and globally with others users and the public in several forms anytime and anywhere. The free profiles we create eventually become valuable personal assets that contain photos, videos, personal information, and more. The emergence of social media is evolving the social science of relationships in person and online.
While it may be hard to imagine society without social media, this new communication medium has only been around for a very short period of time. As with any new technology, the rewards social media provides also present emerging risks. Therefore, to help build trust and empower social media users and families, Profile Peace is dedicated to building better afterlife planning tools and technology that instills trust in using social media without waiting for social media companies to provide solutions to alleviate our increasing concerns.
As new privacy campaigns are emerging from leading companies such as Facebook and Google, the public reception to these campaigns appears to present mixed reviews. Since social media networks profit from growing their user base and data, optimizing profits and prioritizing people’s privacy concerns poses a conflict. Rather than relying on social networks for solutions, we as a society can increase trust by taking our social media data and destiny into our own hands with pre-planning and in memoriam social media services.
Profile Peace strives to help you enjoy the full benefits of social media while ensuring the highest level of trust to protect your data and information. As we continue our social media afterlife awareness campaign in 2019, we invite you to share stories, feedback, and resources that highlight your experiences surrounding social media, privacy, and afterlife planning for you and your loved ones. Profile Peace provides purposeful profile memorialization and closure, and we warmly welcome you to our community.
1. 2018 Social Media & Online Safety Survey
2. Craig Newmark Philanthropies
3. Experts Aren't Impressed With Google's New Privacy Tools
4. A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking
This fifth blog post in 2019 continues our mission of raising social media afterlife awareness. As Profile Peace strives to enable meaningful dialogue about laying a loved one's online profiles to rest, we would like to share a very helpful and engaging conversation that aired recently on National Public Radio (NPR) titled “What Should We Do With The Online Profiles Of The Deceased?”
This episode aired on the May 3rd, 2019 edition of Science Friday, a weekly call-in talk show that broadcasts each Friday on public radio stations, distributed by WNYC Studios. We would also like to give special thanks to the thoughtful participants for their insightful contributions, including host and executive producer Ira Flatow (@iraflatow), associate producer Katie Feather (@sciencewritr), Dr. Carl Ohman (@CJ_Ohman), lead study author and doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute, and Dr. Candi Cann (@CandiCann), associate professor at Baylor University and author of the book Virtual Afterlives: Grieving the Dead in the Twenty-First Century.
Our community welcomes you to join in on the conversation, and share articles and resources related to social media and funeral planning. The Profile Peace mission is to help online profiles of the deceased rest in peace, and our purpose is to provide meaningful profile memorialization and closure to families. We warmly invite you to receive our newsletter by clicking here >
This fourth blog post in 2019 continues our mission of raising social media afterlife awareness. As we strive to enable meaningful dialogue about laying a loved one's online profiles to rest, we also recognize the need for proactive planning in managing one's own social media profiles.
To this end, Profile Peace is pleased to present our Pre-Planning Social Media Service. To complement our In Memoriam Social Media Service for families who have lost a loved one, our new service helps social media users lay their online profiles to rest posthumously in 3 simple steps.
Our Pre-Planning Social Media Service helps secure online profiles, protect personal information, prevent advertisements, notifications and reminders, and provide emotional peace of mind. The Profile Peace mission is to help online profiles of the deceased rest in peace. Click here to learn more >
This third blog post in 2019 continues our mission of raising social media afterlife awareness. As part of our effort to enable meaningful dialogue about laying a loved one's online profiles to rest, Profile Peace is pleased to present the first release of our webinar titled “Social Media & Funeral Planning.”
This program provides vital information on social media in the context of social science and funeral planning. During this 1 hour informational session, we will offer practical guidance licensees can share with families to address concerns about a decedent’s social media profiles. Upon completion of this program, the licensee will gain a clear understanding of the concerns family members can have about a decedent’s social media profiles, and become familiar with the solutions and services available to address those concerns as part of modern-day funeral planning.
The following 5 learning objectives will be addressed in detail:
Continuing Education (CE) Information*
*Please note that this program is pending Continuing Education approval, and CE credit is not available at this time.
This course has been designed to meet state licensing board requirements for Continuing Education (CE) approval. Completion of the Examination Questions at ProfilePeace.com/CE is required for you to earn CE credit for this program. Please note that we do not have authority over which courses are accepted by state boards. State boards have the final authority on the acceptance of programs for CE credit. State boards reserve the right to determine the number of CE hours awarded. Before registering for this program, participant's should verify approval for CE credit with their state board. For questions, comments, and concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Funeral directors and interested parties are encouraged to enter your name and email address below to be notified when this webinar is approved for Continuing Education (CE) credit. Thank you for supporting the Profile Peace 2019 mission of raising social media afterlife awareness as we help online profiles of the deceased rest in peace
This second blog post in 2019 continues our mission of raising social media afterlife awareness. As part of our effort to enable meaningful dialogue about laying a loved one's online profiles to rest, Profile Peace is creating a continuing education (CE) event on the topic of social media and funerals.
This program will provide vital information on social media as it relates to the social science of funerals. During this 1 hour informational session, we will share practical guidance funeral directors and families can use to address concerns about a decedent’s social media profiles. First, we will begin with a brief history of social media, dating back to 1997. Next, we will examine the adoption of social media across generations using recent data from the Pew Research Center, and explore the statistics behind various methods Americans use to communicate with family members. Then, we will explore the different ways family, friends, colleagues and the community can be impacted by a decedent’s social media profiles from a social network’s use of personal information in data algorithms. Lastly, we will discover pre-need and at-need planning approaches for closing or memorializing a decedent’s social media profiles. Upon completion of this program, you will gain a clear understanding of the concerns family member’s can have about a decedent’s social media profiles, and become familiar with the solutions and services available to address those concerns as part of modern-day funeral planning.
Funeral directors and interested parties are encouraged to enter your name and email address below to be notified when registration opens. Thank you for supporting the Profile Peace 2019 mission of raising social media afterlife awareness as we help online profiles of the deceased rest in peace.
Profile Peace invites you to join our mission for 2019 of raising social media afterlife awareness. Our purpose is to enable families and funeral directors to engage more meaningfully in productive conversation about laying a loved one's online profiles to rest - and your voice can help in the dialogue.
To achieve this mission, Profile Peace will be releasing an educational blog series throughout the year addressing questions and stories surrounding the impact digital lives have in our increasingly modern and technology driven world. Some of the questions we will address in the coming months include:
We will address these questions throughout our informational series, and invite you to stay tuned by subscribing to our newsletter and following us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. We also welcome you to submit questions, stories, and comments as we strive to provide practical and valuable insights.
As our societal landscape continues to shift from the physical to the digital world, we can help foster conversation on best practices for helping families gain peace of mind. Profile Peace was founded by family to help online profiles of the deceased rest in peace, and we thank you for your support.
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