You might not think about what happens to your digital life after you pass away, that once your life is over your family can wrap up the details starting with your final services with Mount Sinai Memorial Chapels. However you need to understand that your digital life will carry on after your death, whether you want it to or not. In order to help your family make arrangements for your final services, it’s good to have things in order; Perhaps you have even planned your services in advance to help relieve them of those burdens. But it’s also important to ensure they will have a handle on your digital life. Here are a few things to consider as you look ahead into the future.
Allow Email Access
One of the most important things your family members will need is access to your email account. If they don’t have that, it’s hard to shut down your social accounts, cloud storage, and other things. Make sure your family has your email address and the password to those accounts.
List Social Accounts
Your family may be ‘friends’ with you on social media, or maybe they aren’t. Either way, it’s good to have a list of social accounts you are on along with your names and passwords on those accounts so your loved ones can shut them down or, at the very least, take control over them. They might use some of those accounts to inform your friends of your passing through an obituary posting, for example. You can keep the list and passwords in a safe location, like in a fireproof safe or safety deposit box but ake sure your next of kin knows where to find it!
Protect Against Thieves
It’s sad, but there are people out there who take advantage of those who are grieving and even those who have passed away. Thieves might try to hack into social media accounts and send messages to ‘friends’ on that account with nefarious motives. You can change the passwords on the accounts regularly after a loved one passes on, just as you do your own, to protect them against those who wish to take advantage.
Talk To Family Before Making Moves
Your family will already be upset, having lost a loved one. The last thing you want to do is upset anyone further. Talk to those closest to the person who passed on before you close accounts to ensure they’re okay with it and you haven’t missed anything. Also talk to them before you post the obituary on yours or their social media account to give everyone a chance at having input.
If you are preplanning services with a Jewish funeral home in Monroe, NJ, keep your digital life in mind as well and come up with a plan for your family to deal with it. And, if you’re dealing with final services for a loved one, don’t forget about the digital imprint they have left behind. You can contact us, Mount Sinai Memorial Chapels, at (732) 390-9199 We’re conveniently located at 454 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick, NJ 08816, and we serve families not only in Monroe Township, but South Brunswick, Princeton, and the entire Central New Jersey area.