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Q. What Information do I Need for the Obituary or Death Notice?

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Updated: November 25, 2006

An obituary is a notice or announcement, especially in a newspaper, of a person's death, often with a short account of their life.

An obituary notice or death notice is a paid listing. These are viewed as advertisements so are handled by the Classified Advertising Department's of the newspaper and require a fee to publish.

A. The information needed for publishing an obituary or a death notice varies depending on the type of notice and the requirements of the newspaper. How much information is needed depends on whether you are going to publish a short obituary notice or a more lengthy (paid) death notice.

Information Needed for an Obituary
The following items are required in all obituaries:

  • Name, age, occupation and city of deceased.
  • Time and place of death. Some include cause of death.
  • Birthdate and birthplace.
  • Survivors. Survivors listed depend on the age of the person who had died.
    Survivors may include:
    • Spouse
    • Children
    • Grandchildren
    • Siblings
    • Parents
    • Other close relatives
  • Memberships in local or national organizations
  • Military service.
  • Funeral, Memorial and Burial arrangements.

Additional Information Needed for a Longer Obituary or Death Notice
Many obituaries or longer paid death notices may also include:

  • Education.
  • Occupation and work or employment history.
  • Outstanding achievements, publications and/or awards
  • Offices held in government, professional or community organizations.
  • Memberships in fraternal, religious, community or civic organizations.
  • Service in armed forces.
  • Interesting hobbies or activities.
  • Anecdotes and recollections of friends and relatives.

Useful Forms
You may want to download and use the PDF Files created as part of the Funeral Care/Memorial Aid Forms to help organize information needed for the Obituary.

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