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Guide to Memorializing a Loved One on Social Media

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After the passing of a loved one, finding a way to create a tribute to them can be cathartic. In many cases, social media is the perfect platform. If you’d like to know how to memorialize a loved one on social media, Kaplan Development Group outlines what you need to do.

Pick the Best Platform for the Tribute

If your loved one used Facebook or Instagram consistently and had a large number of connections there, you may want to memorialize their account. By doing that, only existing “followers” and “friends” can engage with the page, giving you a space to share fond memories.

Creating a new Facebook group or page as a memorial is another simple option. With this, you may get more posting options and might have an easier time managing discussions among friends and family members. Plus, you can set it to private.

Everplans explains that another option is to look outside of Facebook and create a new account on your preferred platform. You can create a loving tribute post using platform features you favor. Plus, if you know most of their connections are on the platform, you can reach out with greater ease.

Which method is best is based mainly on the loved one’s social media usage and your platform preferences. While memorializing a Facebook account is often the simplest approach, the others can work well, too. Think about the kind of tribute you’d like to create and let that be your best guide.

Create a Memorial Post

When you get ready to create your tribute post, start by collecting images of your loved one. Focus on high-quality images that showcase your loved one’s life in a positive light. Along with classic portraits, consider adding candid shots or others that highlight intriguing parts of their life.

Once you have some images, it’s time for the post layout. There is a slew of helpful tools available that make the process easier, including:

With the post layout handled, you’ll want to create the text. As you write, speak from the heart, but don’t post it right away. Instead, take a break and review it later. That way, you can make sure it genuinely expresses what you want to share.

If you’d like, you can add information about upcoming services. However, it’s also okay to make this post purely a memorial one. You can post those other details later.

Extra: How to Manage Next Steps

After a person passes on, it isn’t uncommon for some of their property to go through probate. If you’re responsible for managing the loved one’s house and have decided that selling is the best option, trying to sell while the probate process is underway is complex.

Often, it’s best to find an expert who can assist you during this journey. Find a skilled realtor and an attorney with extensive experience navigating probate, which LegalZoom notes will give you professionals with ample expertise to be by your side.

If you’re relocating, consider moving closer to friends and family who can help support you as you work through the grieving process. Once you’ve had enough time, try to find ways to stay social and engaged with other people. If most of your loved ones live far away, you can attempt to reach out to old friends who you’ve lost touch with. If you can’t find acquaintances through social media, you may be able to locate past classmates by searching high school alumni through an online search service. 

Memorializing your loved one on social media is a wonderful way to celebrate their life. Just make sure your family and friends are on the same page regarding your decision, and remember to honor your loved one’s wishes when setting things up.

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Written by Taylor Rogers

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