I have posted a Wishes and Memories booklet on our website that will be a clear record of your funeral wishes, a source of important documents for legal and public records, and a permanent keepsake of your fondest memories to speak to future generations.
To save your survivors as much heartache as possible immediately following your death, I advise you to:
- Put together a box file containing all your important documents, and tell your nearest and dearest, where it is. In this box file, store your will, marriage contract, insurance policies, title deeds, papers for cars, caravans and boats, timeshare information. and other important papers;
- List your creditors (credit card, loans, mortgages, store accounts, etc.);
- List important numbers for your executor and family, such as the name of your broker, lawyer, doctor, dentist, financial advisor, etc.;
- Leave a list of family and friends, to contact on your death;
- List what happens to your DSTV, armed response, personal and home insurance, etc.;
- List codes for your security system, and post office box, etc.;
- Describe where you want to be buried or cremated, and your funeral wishes, in general;
- List all your virtual accounts, usernames and passwords (ranging from email accounts to your social networking profiles (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.), blog posts, photo or music sharing accounts and digital purchases through for example eBay or Takealot.com. Retain these passwords, with other valuables, in a safety deposit box, to be revealed to your executors, only on your death;
- Create a digital estate plan (in your will or in a letter of wishes) Instructing your executors whether to maintain your social media sites.
- Facebook asks: How do I report a deceased person or an account on Facebook that needs to be memorialized? Memorialized accounts are a place for friends and family to gather and share memories after a person has passed away. Memorializing an account also helps keep it secure by preventing anyone from logging into it.
- What happens to your Twitter account when you die or become incapacitated? “In the event of the death of a Twitter user, we can work with a person authorized to act on behalf of the estate, or with a verified immediate family member of the deceased to have an account deactivated. In the event a Twitter user is incapacitated, due to medical or other reasons, we can work with a person authorized to act on the behalf of the user to have an account deactivated”.