There are many ways to say farewell, from formal funeral services to private home-setting celebrations. They all form a part of the way we say goodbye. Obituaries or death notices, however, are a public way we share our final farewell celebration. It is part of the way we say goodbye - the public posting of final words.
A death notice is simply the information pertaining to the funeral service and contains the deceased's immediate relatives. At the time of the arrangements one of our funeral directors will help you write the death notice for publication in the newspaper of your choosing. Newspapers charge per line for death notices therefore only information pertaining to the funeral arrangements and the immediate family are usually included.
An obituary is usually a more detailed account of a person's life and is often prepared for the newspaper from a form that the family fills out. Obituaries are a written form of collective remembrances. They remind us of others as well as ourselves - parents or grandparents of friends, the young suddenly departing, the loss of "valiant struggles" against diseases not yet conquered.