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 >