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American obituary for WWI death
Traditional street obituary notes in Bulgaria

An obituary is a news article that reports the recent death of a person, typically along with an account of the person's life and information about the upcoming funeral.<ref name=NYT /> In large cities and larger newspapers, obituaries are written only for people considered significant.<ref name=NYT /> In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.

Two types of paid advertisements are related to obituaries. One, known as a death notice, omits most biographical details and may be a legally required public notice under some circumstances. The other type, a paid memorial advertisement, is usually written by family members or friends, perhaps with assistance from a funeral home.<ref name=NYT>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> Both types of paid advertisements are usually run as classified advertisements.


Obituary sections
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