Social media ghost accounts are a sad reality- no matter how much we regret it. Yes. It is difficult to “deal with” accounts of loved ones or even acquaintances after their death. You may even end up getting Facebook friend suggestions pertaining to accounts of people who have already left for their heavenly abode. You might as well be wondering why the family members of the deceased have not yet made an attempt to shut the account down.
The usual emotions attached to our social media accounts
Social media accounts have seemingly little value after the account owner has passed away. A Twitter handle is surely not as valuable as a bank account or jewelry or for that matter, a Facebook account is not really as emotionally valuable as a perhaps a diary or written records. No matter how unnerved you are by the fact that social media accounts of the deceased trigger unnecessary grief at times, they can be “your” truth as well. Read on to figure out what exactly we mean.
You might as well be confounded by the responsibility of wrapping up a social media account of a deceased friend or relative. Do educate yourself about ways in which you can handle this situation. This particular primer, we hope, will be of help.
How to handle them after death
The very first thing to know is that there definitely are legitimate ways to handle these accounts. Do not ignore the account completely. You might as well think that the Facebook account of the deceased friend might as well lie as it is. However, let us tell you that his/her name popping up in the suggested friend list can turn out to be quite a source of annoyance for others. So, instead of ignoring it completely, check out the ways in which different social media platforms allow you to deal with accounts of dead people.
Facebook, for instance, will let you either delete or memorialize an account if you are taking the trouble to file the right forms. In this particular case, the fiduciary will be required to submit the death certificate of the person.
Those running Twitter will also get in touch with you after you are informing them about the death. They will ask for more information like death certificate and your ID. LinkedIn follows almost similar process as well.
Kindly do not rush to post something about your loved one’s death before informing friends and relatives about the death over the phone. Learning about someone’s death on social media is jarring and unnecessary.