Facebook is a tool that we all use on a regular basis. Just this weekend I was strolling through my personal Facebook feed and noticed 60+ people were wishing one of my friends a “Happy Birthday.” I literally had to stop and pause, as this friend had passed away more than two years ago.
I began to think about how well I know my Facebook friends. I do have several friends that I do not physically see in person very often, but I would like to think that I would know if they had passed away. And then I began to think about the automation in our society. Maybe these people had an automatic birthday request set to go out. But really, in my opinion, an automated “Happy Birthday” really means nothing. That’s my opinion, as many would argue that it’s the thought that counts.
Did you know that a family member can fill out a form on Facebook to delete the deceased family member’s account or set it up to be memorialized? This is a relatively simple way for families to choose how they want their loved ones to be remembered on Facebook. The family has a choice and it’s a great option for families to have.
Here’s what the form looks like:
And here’s a glance at the bottom half of this form.
As you can tell, the form is not that complicated to fill out. Ideally it would be great for a family member to know the password to the account and remove it that way. But, if family members do not have access to the deceased family member’s Facebook password, this is a great option.
So…. the next time you decide to accept someone as a Facebook friend, make sure you know them. To me, there would be nothing more embarrassing then to find out that I missed the death of a friend and continued on a conversation as though they were alive.
Have you ever filled out one of these forms? If so, I’d love to hear about your experience and am curious as to if the process was as simple as it appears to be.