Today, I just set up my wife Kristie as my “legacy contact” on Facebook. That means that if I were to pass away, she would have authority to manage my Facebook page. This article from describes some of the additional details and considerations.


At first glance, it might seem like managing a social media page would be the least of my family’s problems if something were to happen to me – but since many of us connect with so many friends and family members – and share so much of our lives – the lack of this type of management control has created problems in the past. Previously, grieving family members were not able to post a notice about their loved one’s passing or obtain access to download photos.

This step took me 45 seconds today and I’m glad to have done it. Facebook even sends a tasteful message to the legacy contact informing them of the selection and inviting them to talk about it.