Memorializing a Loved One on Social Media by Teresa Greenhill

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After the passing of a loved one, many people can feel burdened by grief and bereft of understanding. However, a support group can provide some much-needed relief. Often, it’s common to want to find a way to honor your loved one’s memory, as well. Social media can be an excellent platform for a loving tribute. You can reach their family and friends with ease, as well as have a space to celebrate the person’s life together.

Additionally, social media gives you the ability to memorialize them in a meaningful and artful way. If you want to honor the life of a loved one on social media, here’s what you need to know:

Choosing a Space for the Tribute

When you want to memorialize someone on social media, you’ll need to determine what platform is best. If the loved one used Facebook or Instagram, you might have the ability to memorialize their account. With that, their profile goes into a special memorial status, limiting those who can view and engage with the account to existing “friends” and “followers.” After that process is complete, it can become a great space for your tribute post.

If the loved one didn’t use Facebook or Instagram or didn’t have a particularly active page, you do have other options. Creating a tribute Facebook Group or page could work, particularly since you can make them private or invite-only, ensuring only friends and family members are able to access it.

Alternatively, you can create a new account on other platforms to act as a memorial. For example, you could set up a new Instagram account to serve as a memorial, giving you a place for a loving tribute post and a spot to engage with their family members and friends.

Which approach is best usually depends on the loved one’s past social media usage and your preferences. Memorializing a Facebook or Instagram account they owned is usually the simplest, but going in one of the other directions may give you more options. Consider your goals for the tribute, and then choose a route that best meets your needs.

Creating the Memorial Post

In most cases, creating a social media post involves three steps: choosing images, designing a layout, and writing the post.

When you’re selecting photos, focus on finding high-quality images. While it can certainly be a traditional portrait, don’t feel like that’s your only option. If you’re the child or grandchild of the recently departed, using an image of the two of you together during your childhood could be a moving image to share. Similarly, sharing a more casual and candid shot could be a great choice, particularly if it shows your loved one’s personality. If you’re having trouble with the image size, this image resizer is both easy and free to use.

Once you have your images, it’s time to design your layout. If you’re looking for striking templates featuring artistic touches and text or easy-to-use tools, here are some options that may help:

After you choose your image and select your post design, you’ll need to handle the text of your post. As you write, feel free to express your feelings. Ensure that your loved one is center stage as you do.

In the post, you can add details about any family needs or upcoming services, too. However, if that makes the tribute too long, feel free to share that information in a follow-up comment or post.

Extra Tip: Making Sure a Loved One’s Home Is Handled

After a loved one passes, the probate process typically starts. If you’re responsible for handling the loved one’s home, selling the property can be incredibly complicated while probate is underway. It can also be a time of difficult conversations with the loved one’s friends and family. Be sure that you handle all conversations from a place of trust. 

In most cases, if you want to sell a house that’s in probate, working with a realtor that’s experienced with probate sales is a must. They’ll be able to guide you through the process, ensuring you get the support you need during this difficult time.

Setting up a memorial for your loved one online is an excellent way to celebrate their life. Research the different platforms and remember to speak with your family and friends about the idea. Make sure everyone is on the same page so that your tribute works for all involved. 

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