I feel kind of insensitive for asking about this.
I am connected to a guy that suddenly died about a month ago of natural causes. I was just looking through my connections on LinkedIn, and apparently his family never deleted his account or whatever happens to a LinkedIn account when somebody dies. I am the sort that wants to keep his network "up-to-date" and "organized," but I don't want to be insensitive to his family should they be checking his forwarded email.
I don't think this guy had much family (divorced with son) and I think his son would control his digital legacy. Unfortunately, his son is only about 10 years old, which doesn't mean that he is going to be taking care of these items for a long while.
So, I have 3 questions:
- Is it bad form to remove a LinkedIn connection once the connection dies?
- Should I wait for the family to deal with his digital items?
- What is an acceptable period to wait before removing the connection?
He didn't have many connections, and I've also noted that none of his other connections have removed their links to him either.