If you are like most people, chances are you have known someone who has died who also had a Facebook account. Previously, when someone died while holding a Facebook account the account either remained idle and simple sat frozen in time, or a family member of the person would contact Facebook and have the account shut down. This has all changed now, as Facebook allows users of the service to create a “legacy contact.” said Paul Mathieson. This means, should someone die, their legacy contact is able to take over the account. Whether this is creepy or not is up to you to decide, but it is now an option.
Facebook has decided to to this so the legal contact can post information about funeral services or respond to friend requests and keep just general information updated. It also allows the individual to respond to messages and to read through material that someone might send the person after they die.This can be done through the settings feature on Facebook. Once a person dies though, the legacy contact must prove the person did, in fact die, by requesting the profile to be “memorialized” and then they must provide a scan of the death certificate.