Post-FuneralHow to Close Your Loved One’s Instagram Account

September 5, 2019Obitia

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When a loved one has passed away, their digital accounts, as with their other accounts, must be closed. If your loved one had an Instagram account, Instagram gives you two options for managing their account, you can either request to have it memorialized or permanently deleted.

A memorialized Instagram account will look the same as a non-memorialized Instagram account but will differ in that no one will be allowed to log into the account and the account will not appear in public spaces on Instagram. No one will be able to make changes to the account once it is memorialized, which includes changes to the profile photo, comments on posts, photos or videos added by the person, or any privacy settings on their profile.

How to Memorialize an Instagram Account:

A family member or a friend of the deceased can submit a request to do so by filling out this contact form.

You will need the following information to memorialize their Instagram:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Instagram username of the deceased
  • Documentation of their death (in the form of an obituary or a news article)
  • Date they passed away

How to Delete an Account:

A verified immediate family member may request to delete an account by filling out this removal request.

You will need the following information to delete an account:

  • Name of the person’s account
  • Email address associated with the account
  • Instagram username of the deceased
  • Date they passed away
  • Proof of relationship to the deceased (death certificate, deceased’s birth certificate or proof of authority to manage their estate)


Please look into creating a free Tribute Page on Obitia for your loved one. Our Tribute pages feature pictures, a place for an obituary, and service information, and can easily be updated and shared with those attending. Find out more about our Tribute Pages.





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