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How To Write A Death Or Funeral Notice?

How To Write A Death Or Funeral Notice?

A funeral notice is a snippet that appears in a Newspaper that informs friends and family about the death of a loved one. Funeral notices are still a very effective way to communicate with people, particularly friends and family of the deceased who have not been in contact for some time. 

Placing a funeral notice in a major newspaper publication such as the Herald Sun death notice archives is not free and will generally cost upwards of $500. The length of the funeral notice will affect the cost, with the more extensive the notice will be. Russell Brothers Funeral Directors can write the notice for you, or you can write it yourself using a template such as the below.   

It can be challenging to write a funeral notice because you wish to keep it brief but want to ensure you have mentioned everything that needs to be said. Russell Brothers have extensive experience in making sure every word gets used wisely, although the choice and length is entirely up to you. 

In the examples we have provided below you can see we have included the contact details of Russell Brothers funeral directors, we do this so that people who find a death notice in a newspaper, and wish to come to the funeral or send flowers can contact us. It is not uncommon for Russell Brothers to receive phones calls from people who have read the notice to find out if they knew the deceased. Privacy prevents us from handing out information although you can direct us in how you would like us to handle such enquiries. 


The Difference Between Funeral & Death Notices.

Many people get confused about funeral and death notices. They think they are the same thing, but actually, they are two separate notices that usually appear in different areas of the newspaper.

Funeral Notices

The Funeral Director usually writes and places the funeral notice in the newspaper, rather than the family.  The purpose of the notice is to notify readers of the death and to provide details on the full name and potentially their nickname, the date, time and location of the funeral, and details of the memorial service or reception if applicable.

Death Notice

A death notice is written and placed in the newspaper by the family. It is a good way to honour and pay tribute to a loved one. Some families include a favourite poem, song, lyric, or passage of scripture. Photos of the deceased can also be a thoughtful addition. For ideas, look at the death notices in a recent newspaper or see our list of commonly used phrases below.

Newspapers Contact Information

Herald Sun 
P: 13 11 13

The Age
P: 13 22 43

Common death notice inclusions:

  • To know him / her was to love him / her
  • Loving memories are ours to keep
  • Peace at last
  • Resting in God’s care
  • Always in our hearts
  • You weren’t only my brother / sister, but by friend
  • Treasured memories
  • One of nature’s gentlemen
  • A patient sufferer at rest
  • She is now wherever we are
  • Forever with the Lord
  • Forever in our hearts
  • Rest in peace
  • Will be sadly missed
  • Till we meet again
  • Love does not end
  • Loved and respected by all


Funeral Notice Sample One.    

(Full name) of (location lived) aged (age at death).

Dearly (beloved/loved) (loved/loving – husband/wife) of much-loved (father/mother of (named)) and (father-in-law/mother-in-law of (named)).

Cherished (grandfather/grandmother of (named)) loved (brother/sister of (named).

Family and friends, we respectfully invite you to attend a (Mass/funeral service) for (Name), to be held in the (church/chapel/garden) at (full address) on (day, date) beginning at (time) to be followed by interment in the (cemetery).

Russell Brothers Funeral Notice


Funeral Notice Sample Two.     

(Full name) of (location lived) aged (age at death).

Family and friends of (Name of the deceased), are respectfully invited to attend the funeral service of (Full name), which will be held in the (name of church/chapel), (address of church/chapel) on (date), commencing at (time) to be followed by a funeral service at the (name of the cemetery). 

Russell Brothers Funeral Notice


Poem suggestions:
He potters no more in the garden,
He strolls no more down the path,
But the years we had together,
Will live forever in our hearts.

To hear your voice,
To see your smile,
To sit and talk with you a while,
To be together in the same old way,
Would be my only wish today.


Phone: 03 9585 1610