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Keep Facebook is for the living

Estate planning just got a little more complicated. In addition to deciding who should handle your finances in the event of your death, care for your kids and provide for your pets, you now have to decide if you want to name a “legacy contact” to manage your Facebook page.

Think carefully. The person you choose will be able to post messages, update your profile and cover pictures and even respond to friend requests on your behalf. (But relax, the contact can’t delete that friend he never liked.)

Anyone else think this is all getting just a bit creepy?

It’s jarring enough to see a deceased friend’s or relative’s picture pop up on your news feed, or a person who has been dead for several years getting birthday wishes. But now we’re going to get messages posted from beyond the grave?

It’s time to take a step back. The correct way to handle deaths is simple and just common sense: Once a person dies, his or her Facebook page ought to be taken down.

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