From the mailbag this morning:
My son passed away Jan 10, 2013 and still has an active site on facebook. A friend of his is posting messages from him in heaven to his family and we feel that this is inappropriate. How can I get this site closed?
Any suggestions on how this mom can take down her deceased son’s Facebook profile?
4 thoughts on “How do you take down a deceased family member’s Facebook profile?”
Just contact Facebook. They have a process set up for this…
She also has the option of memorializing the page: https://www.facebook.com/help/359046244166395/
While taking down the site may be appropriate, I have a bias toward addressing inappropriate behavior directly (especially when it’s a single person that you can contact), and keeping the valuable aspects of the page’s availability. A cousin of mine died a couple of years ago, and there are several of us that visit her page and write various things occasionally. It’s comforting to grieve with others – and social media can help with that. I would suggest a respectful message to the person who is causing the distress and asking that he please stop – others can continue to view his site, pictures, or post on his wall as appropriate.
I’ve submitted the requested paperwork, the death certificate, my info as her mother about 4 months ago and nothing! I find this very rude and extremely disrespectful.
Is Facebook really that busy they can’t hire people to take down the deceased profiles???
Gimme a break!