Most people tend to think that after they pass away, earthly matters like Facebook status and photos would no longer have any meaning. Apparently, this is not quite true, as the social network decided to add a function that lets you designate a person o be in charge of your account after you die. After all, when you get to the other side (whichever side that is) and you reunite with your friends and relatives, you don't want them to make fun of you because of social media, right?
The new feature, called Legacy Accounts allows you to choose heirs for your Facebook account. Don't worry though, adding someone as a legacy account isn't like giving them your password. They won't be able to modify your existing posts, check your private conversations or completely delete the account. According to Facebook, giving the heirs more responsibilities would impede the grieving process. Those who you list as your legacy contacts will be able to change your status, respond to friend requests and post a memorial letter at the top of the profile page.
If you're interested in naming your heir, head to Facebook's Settings, then go to Security and select the Legacy Contact option. Friends, loved ones and ... others will still be able to create group memorial pages even if the deceased had the Legacy Contacts option enabled. At the moment, this feature is only available in the US but it will soon become available in other countries as well.