Until today, if someone who had a Facebook profile passed away, their account would be “memorialized” or frozen. Responding to feedback from families of those who have passed, Facebook has changed this policy to allow for the designation of a “legacy contact.”
If you pass away, your legacy contact will be able to post one last time on your page, change your profile and cover photo, respond to friend requests, and archive the Facebook account, including pictures.
To designate your legacy contact…
- Log in to your Facebook account.
- On the right side of your Facebook page, click on the downward-facing arrow to show the drop-down menu.
- Click on “Settings.”
- Choose “Security,” then “Legacy Contact” at the bottom of the page.
- Choose your Legacy Contact from your friends list. Choose the options you want your Legacy Contact to have.
The system will offer an option to send a message to that person. Facebook will also accept as a legacy contact any digital heir named in a user’s legal will.