Your Digital Legacy

Your Digital Legacy

Emails, passwords, subscriptions and social media. Many of us use technology to keep in touch with people, pay bills, share information or back up our memories, but what happens to all this information when we die?

Memories may be lost; Facebook accounts could stay open and mobile phone contacts will be inaccessible. At a time when digital security is important to everybody, there are steps we can take to manage Digital Legacies, whether this be closing social media accounts or managing subscriptions, there are steps people can take now to help loved ones in the future.

Wendy Ashton, Hospice Social Worker, said

“Does someone other than yourself know your passwords to social and online accounts? Do they know the password to access your mobile phone?

“All our contacts used to be in an address book and were accessible by all. It is now more common to have contacts on our phones or in our email accounts. These are only accessible if you share your accounts and passwords.

“Funeral arrangements are often posted online or e-mailed to others instead of a notice in the paper and without your mobile phone or email contacts it can be difficult to notify everybody about funeral wishes and information.

“You can start preparing your Digital Legacy today and we have found a great template produced by DeadSocial which can help with arranging online accounts, email addresses and passwords into one place to share with loved ones. Plus, if you have a Facebook account you can set a legacy contact who will manage your page after your death.”

If you would like more information about managing your Digital Legacy please see the useful links below or contact Wendy on 01228 810801.


Useful Resources 

  • Digital Legacy Association provide a range od advice and guidance on how to manage your Digital Legacy now to help people in the future, this includes creating a Social Media Will.
  • Facebook allows you to create a Legacy Contact who will manage your page after your death.
  • Twitter are also able to help with the removal of accounts after a loved ones has died or unable to use the page due to illness or other reasons.
  • Instagram can offer support with the removal of an account after a loved ones death.

It is also worth checking with you email provider as to how they can help cancel or remove email accounts after a loved ones death, as processes will differ from provider to provider.