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Old 02-08-2013, 09:22 PM   #1
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Facebook and Death

I'm not sure if this has been asked before. When you die, if no one removes or deactivates your page, does it go on forever until Facebook itself "dies"? or is there a deactivation time setting?

Just one of the things that pops into my head. What do you wonder about randomly sometimes?
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:23 PM   #2
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Not sure. I am friends with 2 people who passed away 2 years ago. Their page is still there and not taken over by someone.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:27 PM   #3
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Gives me a little bit of a start when I see a friend that passed come up on FB.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:30 PM   #4
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My cousin passed away in 2009 and her account is still active. Every time it gives me a birthday reminder I cringe. She died at 32 when her gallbladder ruptured.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:31 PM   #5
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Gives me a little bit of a start when I see a friend that passed come up on FB.
The birthday reminders for people that have passed away creep me out. I deleted a couple deceased friends because of that.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:34 PM   #6
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I've heard that the family has to contact Facebook and provide proof of the person's death. Then it can either be taken down or changed to a memorial site maintained by the family.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:35 PM   #7
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Strange you should be asking. There were articles out this week on states that are looking into this issue.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/...ry?id=18401047
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:43 PM   #8
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I have a couple people on my Facebook who have passed.

One of them, I still get occasional posts from (some of those automatic things) but it is a bit creepy to get a notice about that person has posted on my wall. Another one, the page is also still active, and we still occasionally post on her wall and stuff. I think it is somewhat comforting.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:45 PM   #9
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I had a coworker from the Orlando office who retired. Her e-mail address is in my address book. I kept seeing a friend suggestion for her husband on my page, I guess because he used the same e-mail address. The picture was of the 2 of them so I knew it was her. I looked at his page once, there was nothing current. She included me in an e-mail she sent out and I e-mailed her back asking how she was doing. Her husband died a couple of years ago!
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Strange you should be asking. There were articles out this week on states that are looking into this issue.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/...ry?id=18401047
Really? I'll have to check that out. It's a thought I've had a few times, just always filed it away for "later" lol.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:48 PM   #11
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I've heard that the family has to contact Facebook and provide proof of the person's death. Then it can either be taken down or changed to a memorial site maintained by the family.
When my DSIL died, my niece went in and figured out her mom's password, then deleted the account.

You know, if everyone had good password vaulting programs on their computers and their spouse or one loved one knew their log-in password. . .it would probably make things a lot easier for everyone.

I think DH and I are going to vault our passwords this weekend.
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:31 AM   #12
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I have two deceased friends on my Facebook list. We write on their walls for their birthdays, Christmas, the day they passed, or whenever we're thinking of them. It's just really nice to have this visual, seeing that people haven't forgotten our friends who have passed on.

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Old 02-09-2013, 05:48 AM   #13
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I think that a Facebook page (without bullying comments like mentioned in that article) can be a beautiful tribute to someone's life. If my family took mine down, I'd be disappointed (if I wasn't, you know... dead). I lost a friend several years ago and I sometimes look at his pictures or posts when I am missing him. His friends and family post updates about their lives on his page and we share memories of him there. I do think someone should be able to take control just in case someone says something insensitive, but I think it's quite comforting to leave it there.
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:09 AM   #14
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I have two deceased friends on my Facebook list. We write on their walls for their birthdays, Christmas, the day they passed, or whenever we're thinking of them. It's just really nice to have this visual, seeing that people haven't forgotten our friends who have passed on.

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Same here. When missing old friends I like to occasionally look at old photos and post that I was thinking of them. I see others do the same. I like it, and hope my page stays up after I die.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:19 AM   #15
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https://www.facebook.com/help/search/?query=death

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