How do you take down a deceased family member’s Facebook profile?

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?

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Author: Lee Aase

Married father of six and grandfather of seven, and the Chancellor of SMUG - Social Media University, Global. By day I'm the Director of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network. Whatever I say here is my personal opinion, and doesn't reflect the positions of my employer.

3 thoughts on “How do you take down a deceased family member’s Facebook profile?”

  1. 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.

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