Obituaries, News Or Death Notices?

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News Or Death Notices?

Are obituaries news or death notices?  They are not news. In cases when death occurs naturally, this is called news. But when someone dies by illness or old age, this is called obituaries, which are gathered as the “obituary page” of a newspaper. As the Internet developed a lot, now are also sites on which people can write obituaries. Some websites charge, while others are free.

News Or Death Notices

Usually, obituaries are perceived as being horrible, but it’s not only about reading about dead people. Obituaries inspire and touch hearts as they tell short stories about people’s lives.

News Or Death Notices

Once, a New York Times editor said:”There’s nothing morbid about a good obituary because a good obituary is about life, not death.” Many aslk themselves what’s the difference between a death notice and an obituary. Terms such as death notices, funeral notices and obituaries mean different things for various newspapers, so they are used interchangeably.

News Or Death Notices

News Or Death Notices?

But usually, death notices are short announcements that informs about basic things about a local person’s death such as name, age and memorial service. Obituaries, on the other hand, are longer, providing more details and history related to the person who passed away. Obituaries are written by funeral homes or families, but not by staff reporters. There are also formats specially conceived for writing obituaries, but they are not always followed.

News Or Death Notices

Nonetheless, when important, famous people die, this is news. Actually, their obituaries turn into news stories written by reporters. For example, forms from funeral homes tell about the basic things only, while interviews with family members, colleagues and friends give more details, are more relevant and can be crafted into a long and interesting story.

News Or Death Notices

Please check our other categories of posts about free obituaries and how to write them and distribute them.  We hope they help you.

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