Have you ever thought about what will happen to your Facebook page after you pass away?
If you have, Facebook wants to give you some piece of mind by allowing you to nominate someone who can curate your page after the event. They'll be able to post updates, respond to friend requests, change profile pictures and more. You can also opt to have the page automatically deleted once proof of your death has been established.
Apparently, Facebook has dealt with hundreds of thousands of requests for pages to be memorialised, that is kept open so people can browse old pictures and post memories. A person's status is changed to 'remembering' and Facebook works hard to make sure the profile doesn't appear as a suggested friend.
The new system is currently being rolled out in the United States and creates a new listing under security settings called legacy contact. Once you nominate someone (who must be a member of Facebook) they will get a message after your death has been logged with the system.
It's just another indication of how important Facebook pages are to millions of people around the world. We'll see if the option gets rolled out around the world in the near future.