Memorialising a Facebook Account

Making provision for your digital assets in your Will

Whilst making provision for your digital assets in your Will, take a moment to think about what you would like to happen to your Facebook account.


If your Facebook account is where you’ve stored and posted your photos and memories over the years you may want your loved ones to be able to go and revisit it.

Facebook describes  Memorialized Accounts as “a way for people on Facebook to remember and celebrate those who’ve passed away”.

After a death, a relative or friend can request for a deceased person’s Facebook profile to become memorialised, which will essentially freeze the page in time.

Memorialised Account’s

Some key features of a memorialised account are:

  • The word Remembering will be shown next to the person’s name on their profile
  • They don’t appear in public searches, ads or birthday reminders
  • They can have a Tributes Section

To find out more about Memorialised accounts visit Facebook’s help section.

Tributes Section

Posts made after an account has been memorialised will be placed only in the Tributes section of the profile. Here friends and family can post stories, share memories and commemorate a birthday.

Managing your account after you’ve passed.

You can nominate a Facebook friend or family member as a “legacy contact”. This person will be able to manage most parts of your account or delete it, after your death, if you so wish.

Nominating a Legacy Contact

Amongst other things a Legacy Contact can:

  • Write a pinned post on your profile to share a final message or details of a memorial service.
  • Update your profile picture and cover photo
  • Decide who can see and post tributes
  • See posts the deceased is tagged in and remove the tag
  • Delete your account

A legacy contact cannot log into a deceased’s account, read private messages or remove and add friends.

If you would like to set up a Legacy Contact for your account go here for full details.


For more information get in touch with us at Just Wills and Legal Services on 01342 477102 to book a free consultation.

 This article is for general information only and does not constitute legal advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.

This article has been provided by Just Wills & Legal Services Ltd one of the leading home visit Wills, Estate Planning and Probate services in the country.



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