Obituaries &
Funeral Notices

A death notice, funeral notice, obituary and tribute are all forms of death announcements commonly mixed up and used interchangeable. Terminology, and therefore the meaning, might differ from funeral director to funeral director or newspaper to newspaper. So, be sure to check with the specific person or organisation you’re working with to understand the terms they use, and explain to them in detail what it is you want.

That said, here is how the terms are most commonly defined:


An obituary is a notice of a person’s death, traditionally in the newspaper, but more recently, could also be published and shared on social media platforms, websites and other digital platforms.

At its simplest, also then commonly referred to as a death notice or funeral notice, an obituary notifies people of the passing of someone, and includes details about the person, the funeral, memorial service or ceremony. Funeral homes will generally put the notice in the paper for you.  They will usually ask you what wording you would like to use if you wish to personalize it.

At its best, also then sometimes called a tribute, an obituary notifies people of the details as per above, but more importantly pays respect by summarizing the persons personality, life and legacy. In the case of a newspaper article, it will then often be written by the newspaper’s staff.

Obituaries printed in newspapers will need to be paid for, so check the cost before proceeding. Digital obituaries are likely to be free and could be as simple as a nicely designed and thought through WhatsApp message.

Our lists of Poetry and Quotes could help you find words to express your feelings or inspire your creative writing spirit.

Is there something specific you would like
to be mentioned in your own obituary?

Get your own
affairs in order
Before it is too late!

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, all come from earth, and to earth all return.

Ashes to ashes,
dust to dust,
all come from earth,
and to earth all return.