A few notes on this:
(1) EVERY person needs a will. The will should be drafted by a lawyer (not done online or with forms). For most people it costs a few hundred at most. Besides making sure assets go to the right heirs at minimal expense, and also protecting minor children by naming guardians, a will gives an executor authority to act for an estate, which includes the right to deal with digital assets and accounts like Facebook or Delphi (as well as things like online banking).
(2) Delphi will track a member's written instructions for their accounts and also owned forums. Email any requests to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or post them conspicuously in an owned forum.
(3) Re Facebook, see this article: How to Delete a Deceased Loved One's Facebook Page - NBC4 ... NBC4-TV in D.C. gives instructions. The station reports (more details in the article):
"Facebook has more than 1 billion users, but what happens to a person’s Facebook page when they die? An estimated 580,000 Facebook users in the U.S. alone will die this year, according to a Pepperdine University Law Review...Facebook ... has two options: You can request to either memorialize a Facebook page or delete it all together. Facebook provided the following instructions:
- First click the flower or star in the right hand corner of the page,
- Then click “help,”
- Then "visit the help center,"
- Next, type in the search box "deceased user delete,"
- Then choose memorialize or remove account.
- Facebook requires you to fill out an online form and upload documentation. Gonzalez needed her sister’s death certificate and proof she was a lawful representative of the deceased."