When someone passes away, it can be hard to find their death notice - the listing that contains important information about their passing and the details of their funeral. Further, you might be searching for your local death and funeral notices. There are several ways to find death and funeral notices in your area, but it is also important to be informed on why you might not be able to find them.
Why there might not be a death notice
Death and funeral notices are an optional choice for families when planning the funeral of their loved one. While death notices can be a helpful way for families to let their community know about the passing of their loved one in a safe, respectful and simple way, not every family decides to publish a notice. This could be because they want to keep the details of the death or funeral private, or because they wish to announce the death in other ways. Another reason for this could be that not every funeral director presents a death notice as an option to families, and it is important to request that the funeral director arranging your loved one's funeral organises a death notice on your behalf if you wish them to. Otherwise, you are able to place death and funeral notices online and in your local newspaper at My Tributes.
Where to find existing death notices
If the person who has passed does have a death or funeral notice, there are several ways to find them.
If you want to view all death notices:
Go to mytributes.com.au and select "Death Notices". This will take you to a list of all current death notices, sorted by date.
If you wish to view all death and funeral notices in your area:
Go to mytributes.com.au, and in the search bar, select your location from the drop-down menu. If you wish to only view death or funeral notices, you can select a category here too. When you press "go", you will be taken to a list of all current notices in your area, sorted by date. Alternatively, you can still find local death and funeral notices in your local newspaper. If your local newspaper has ceased publication, you can still find death and funeral notices in your state newspaper. Online, through your state or local newspaper website, you can view death and funeral notices in your area for free by selecting the "Tributes" tab.
If you wish to find a specific funeral notice:
Go to mytributes.com.au, and in the search bar, type in the surname of the person who has passed away. You are also able to narrow your search down by location by selecting the location from the drop-down menu. When you press "go", you will be taken to a list of all current notices with that surname, sorted by date.