EVERYBODY should have a Life File containing all their important documents, eg. Copies Last Will & Testament, ID-document, Marriage Certificate, Motor Vehicle Registration documents, etc. There could be 42 items on your list! If you do not have a Life File, you will leave your loved ones with utter chaos if something should happen to you …
Contact Bernard Ives Funerals for a List of Documents required for a LIFE FILE.
Following the death of a contributor, you can claim dependant’s benefits from the UIF, if you are a:
Child of the deceased contributor
ONLINE LIFE AFTER DEATH
Facebook – what happens to your profile after you die?
In an Oct. 26 blog post, Max Kelly, Facebook’s head of security, announced the company’s policy of “memorialising” profiles of users who have died, taking them out of the public search results, sealing them from any future log-in attempts and leaving the wall open for family and friends to pay their respects. Though most media reports claimed this was a new Facebook feature, a spokeswoman for the company told TIME that it’s an option the site has had since its early days.
The company decided to publicise the policy because of a backlash caused by a new version of the site’s homepage that was rolled out on Oct. 23, which includes automatically generated “suggestions” of people to “reconnect” with. Within days of the launch, Twitter users and bloggers from across the Web complained that some of these suggestions were for friends who had died. “Would that I could,” complained a user on Twitter before ending her tweet with the hash tag #MassiveFacebookFail.
“We understand how difficult it can be for people to be reminded of those who are no longer with them, which is why it’s important when someone passes away that their friends or family contact Facebook to request that a profile be memorialised,” Kelly said in the post. To discourage pranksters, Facebook does require proof before sending a profile down the digital river Styx. Family or friends must fill out a form, providing a link to an obituary or other information confirming a user’s death, before the profile is officially memorialised. Once that is completed, the user will cease showing up in Facebook’s suggestions, and information like status updates won’t show up in Facebook’s news feed, the stream of real-time user updates that is the site’s centrepiece. If relatives prefer not to have the profile stand as an online memorial, Facebook says it will remove the account altogether.
Facebook’s attempt to clearly state its policy is prudent, as other social-networking sites have struggled with the question of users’ deaths. MySpace in particular has had a difficult time with digital rubbernecking — during the site’s heyday, a handful of well-trafficked blogs specialised in matching MySpace profiles directly to obituaries and posting the pairings online for all to see. By sealing profiles to family and friends and removing profiles from search results, Facebook assuages users’ fears that they’ll be fodder for online voyeurs in the event of their untimely demise — hopefully putting the issue to rest.
HOW SOCIAL MEDIA CAN HELP WITH SOMEONE'S PASSING
Before her 21-year-old daughter died in a sledding accident in early 2007, Pam Weiss had never logged on to Facebook. Back then, social-networking sites were used almost exclusively by the young. But she knew her daughter Amy Woolington, a UCLA student, had an account, so in her grief Weiss turned to Facebook to look for photos. She found what she was looking for and more. She was soon communicating with her daughter’s many friends, sharing memories and even piecing together, through posts her daughter had written, a blueprint of things she had hoped to do. “It makes me feel good that…