Facebook grants father’s wish to see deceased son’s ‘Look Back’ video

Posted on: 9:59 pm, February 5, 2014, by , updated on: 10:05am, February 6, 2014

A grieving father’s request for Facebook to allow him to see his deceased son’s “A Look Back” video the site has recently introduced was answered, according to PIX11.

John Berlin, of St. Louis, uploaded a video to YouTube Wednesday asking Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook team to get access to his son’s video.

According to Facebook’s terms, when someone dies, their page is memorialized. However, Facebook does not give family members access to the deceased person’s page or memorial page.

“I’m calling out to Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. You’ve been putting out these new movies – these one minute movies that everyone has been sharing, and I think they’re great,” Berlin said, referring to the “Look Back” videos that were part of Facebook’s 10-year anniversary.

Berlin’s emotional video went viral on Reddit and PIX11 News helped connect Berlin and Facebook.

PIX11 contacted Facebook and were told Facebook wanted to make the video happen. The station received another call from a Facebook spokesperson who said they had contacted Berlin and that his wishes were being granted.

Berlin posted the following as a comment on his YouTube video:

“The response is overwhelming. We just wanted to see a 1 minute vid. Were going to get that vid. FB contacted us and theyre going to work on that vid. I want to thank everyone, for your support. I didn’t know what to expect from this but it was worth a try. My son was 21 and died of natural causes, his autopsy came back undetermined. He is proof that there are no guarantees in life. Hug your children kiss them. Tell them you love them every single day. Again I thank every single one of you, even the dislikes. God Bless”

Source: PIX11


  • Jeanette Kelley says:

    I’m glad fb allowed the father to see the vid.I know it meant a lot to him.I would want my children to see mine if something happened to me.I love what fb has done by sharing a video for each person. I applaud fb!!!!!!!!

  • Tim says:

    yes facebook did the right thing

  • Sandra Rivers says:

    I have a baby brother that passed in 2007 would he nice to see his

  • Nora says:

    I would love to see my sons as well…but I guess that won’t happen! :-(

  • patience brown says:

    i thank they did the right thing

  • Anna says:

    My husband passed away in January of last year. Thankfully i knew his password. I didn’t add his death to his life event so his page is still active and just today I went on there and shared his video.


  • Wendy says:

    My son passed away 4 yrs ago this March and I would also love to have access to his Facebook account. I never knew what do about it and I hope Facebook gets enough outpouring from its user to let something likes happen. It would be a true blessing to those parents who have lost their children. We all just want all ways possibles to keep them in our lives everyday lives. John Berlin has done a wonderful thing to get the ball rolling. Thank you so much!

  • Cat says:

    Yes Facebook did the right thing. The connection we have through FB are felt with the heart…. Mostly good. I have watched distant family members grow up through FB. Made friends a thousand miles away. Facebook has a heart. Thank you.

  • Sammy 2 Hats says:

    Imagine the backlash if they hadn’t.

  • lance says:

    Very nice to have memories of a loved one, no matter how circumstances are.

  • Sophie Curry says:

    I saw his sons video it was great and Id like my friend molly to see her deceased brothers evan kindrick an my other friend to see her son Matt’s also deceaded an my other friend to see her deceased bf jay pearsons

  • David says:

    You people make me sick, there’s real life and people out of the screen.

  • britt says:

    This is great and all, but this father is the only one that is granted this privilege. To make an exception, Facebook should allow access to all for the video.

  • hiway280z says:

    It no doubt meant alot to him to see the video. Glad facebook will let it be shown.

  • KININI says:

    It don’t matter where he was or what he was doing, it is still his son no matter.

  • Wendy Dillon says:

    Great news xx

  • Face Book did a good job.

  • Mukesh Sharma says:

    Good job FB team!
    Hats off to you!

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