The initial death announcement may be in the form of the newspaper obituary. It’s best to wait until you establish the date and time of the funeral service before placing the announcement in the local paper. Because you will be including information in the newspaper notice on the location, date and time and even donation information, you should have this information beforehand.
Make sure you write out what you want to say and have printed before you call the newspaper. This will help organize your thoughts and the information you want to have publicly printed. If the deceased was a prominent citizen or celebrity, a detailed obituary is written in the newspaper with copies sent to radio and television media.
Death notices are paid by the family or friend who places the announcement in the paper. You may want to find out first about the costs and deadlines. In some newspapers, obituaries are placed in the paper at no charge. They will include the date of the death, names of survivors, important accomplishments, and the date and time of the service.
Death announcements can also be sent more formally by using printed cards, like one may send a wedding or birth announcement. The cards may contain a simple black border or have more of a subdued design. These cards should be sent to friends who may live out of state or living at a larger distance. It is not necessary to write a personal note on these cards.
You can obtain death announcement card templates to create them more easily and quickly.