What Happens After You Die?

by Jeni Anderson

On Facebook that is. You didn't really think I was going to tackle that subject right now did you? Let's face it, no one knows. What we do know however, is that there are millions of social media accounts poised to be abandoned forever once we all kick that eventual bucket. 

But now Facebook has announced a new policy that allows users to choose a "legacy contact" to manage your account in the event of your death. This is a tool that many users who have experienced the untimely death of a loved one have been asking for for years. You can now provide the option for that contact to manage your page, letting you live on with posts, photos and more, or to shut it down permanently if desired. 

So how do you do it? It's easy, and it provides a good reminder for you to go take a look at your Facebook setting, which I recommend  you do often, as changes happen frequently.

Simply go to Settings, then click Security from the left hand menu. After that, you'll see an option to choose your Legacy Contact at the bottom of the page. You can choose to let that person know you've chosen them as a legacy contact, or notify them later.

No one like to admit their impending mortality, but life will go on without you, even on social media. Best get that house in order now!

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