A death notice is the short notification of a person's death, published soon afer the death occurs, typically on the obituary page of the local newspaper. In some cases, depending on legal requirements, the death notice may appear in the classified section. In many cases, the death notice is listed under the name of the funeral home or mortuary handling the arrangements.
The death notice is brief and gives few details as contrasted to the obituary. The obituary may provide further details of biographical nature, including the names of survivors and the time and place of the services. The publication of a death notice provides one more opportunity for genealogy researchers to locate the death of an ancestor or other family member. And because death notices are published soon after the death occurs, they may help to pinpoint the date of death. In many cases there is no obituary, and the death notice is provides the only information available.