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. Some obituaries indicate much thought and much reflection on the life that was lived.
A death notice is a minimal amount or notice, usually outlining the events surrounding the funeral service (ie. visitation, service, interment, etc.). An obituary is usually a more detailed account of a person's life. Obituaries are a written form of collective remembrances.
Some families wish to place a Card of Thanks in the local newspaper. This serves to express appreciation to all those involved, including those you might have missed with your thank-you cards. People often mentioned in a Card of Thanks include clergy, doctors, nurses, hospital or nursing home personnel, and friends and neighbours who have provided support through the time of illness and at the time of the funeral. The Card of Thanks is usually placed within two weeks of the funeral.