An obituary notice or a death notice is a formal announcement of a death. You may ask why do I need an obituary notice, and how is the process carried out correctly. Below is a look at why it is advisable to place an obituary notice online or in a local newspaper. Announcing a death is about as unpleasant as death itself, but sadly it’s a job that needs to be done.
An obituary notice is a way to break the news of a death gently, and to everyone at once. If you do not have an announcement of a death, then you will need to tell everyone individually. There will always be someone that you forget to tell, and who you may run into in the future in the case that the death is of a relative. An obituary notice can therefore serve well as a middle barrier to eliminate pain and to eliminate blame further down the line if someone is not personally informed of a death.
The announcement of death or obituary notice can be served by a family member, or it is a job that can be left to your chosen funeral home. A funeral planner will be more than willing to liaise between your family and the local newspapers for you. To request an obituary notice is placed in a local newspaper, you will normally also be required to have proof of the death. If you do not have proof that is required, then this can add more turmoil to an extremely difficult time. Asking your funeral planner or local funeral home to issue the notice for you is far easier for everyone concerned.
A death notice is published online or in your local newspaper, and you will pay the newspaper to publish information regarding the funeral service. You will be charged in the same way that you would be charged if you wished to place a short advertisement in the local paper. The only difference is that your notice will appear in the obituary section of the paper as opposed to the classified adverts section. As death notices are charged per line or per word, they are generally short. They will include only the necessary information such as the date of death and the full name of the person.
An obituary is different from a death notice in the fact that it is much longer. It is a biographical article written about the deceased that will capture their major life events. Obituaries are classified as stories in a newspaper, and they are published for free. Few obituaries are therefore published when compared with the number of deaths for the local area. An obituary may or may not include the funeral arrangements of the deceased. Neither are necessary by law, but when asking the question why do I need an obituary notice, it is clear that it is the easiest and most formal way of conveying the death of a loved one to the local community as well as close family and friends.