Look at yourself in the mirror. What do you see? An accomplished person? OR are you not yet satisfied with who you are? Sometimes we simply forget the purpose of living. We get so caught up with portraying our ‘perfect lives’, when really, we don’t really understand what defines perfection. What are we seeking to achieve from this?
But what does this term mean to you after you die?
Undoubtedly, we all strive to act the part as credible source of competence. We all strive to stand out with our unique skill set and abilities. Ultimately, we forge an all-powering, all-mighty and all-adored facade of ourselves. Why? We want to impress people. Impress our boss, our colleagues, our families, and even that lady who lives down the road who once ago called us ‘useless’.
But how often do we step back from our shadows and regard ourselves in a different light? Truth is, only after your death will others pay extra attention to you – to what you’ve done.
There are many cases of lost recognition, more notably academic Alan Turing, poet Emily Dickinson and artist Vincent Van Gogh. This determination for fame and respect… was it all worth it?
Is living really about impressing others?
LinkedIn is a social media platform that aims to connect professionals through the portrayal of achievements and success stories crafted by each individual residing in the workforce.
Closing a LinkedIn account following someone’s death may be a smart choice as the presence of their automatic updates on someone’s newsfeed may cause distress. Whether it be a celebratory call for their anniversary at working in their highly regarded firm, or a reminder of to recommend their skills – it will drain a lot of emotive strength.
5 Things You Should Know About LinkedIn
#1 YOU are the only one who owns your data… until you die. LinkedIn has a disclaimer that states: “Unless LinkedIn has good faith belief that disclosure is permitted by law or is reasonably necessary to comply with a legal requirement or process.”
#2 Your LinkedIn account is only deactivated WHEN REPORTED.
#3 Others users CAN claim your username after you’ve closed your account.
#4 Cannot choose a ‘Legacy Contact’.
#5 Amount of deceased LinkedIn users may exceed those living by 2065.
How To Close LinkedIn After Death
The closure of a LinkedIn account involves an online submission for a close family or friend to complete. What you need on hand to successfully complete the form:
1. Deceased’s LinkedIn username
2. Deceased’s LinkedIn URL
3. Your relationship to deceased
4. Additional arbitrary information:
- E-mail address
- Date of death
- Link to an obituary/relevant news article
- Any other information that may be relevant
- Company the Deceased has worked for
5. Applicant’s full name & other personal information
The ramifications of leaving an active account of deceased’s LinkedIn include being subject to identity theft and other fraudulent mishaps. Although a tedious task, it should be executed upon preserving the digital legacy of the deceased.
A more simplified approach to closing the social media platforms for the deceased can be purported by companies like eClosure. As a digital legacy management company, eClosure responds to the concurrent problems of closing social media and seeks to induce quick resolution through a guaranteed 7 day turnaround time for their service.