The traditional way to advise friends and extended family of the death of your loved one is by placing a death notice in newspapers in areas where they lived and worked. There is a specific format that is commonly used when placing the primary death notice. Your funeral director will help you with writing this and will then lodge it for you in the appropriate newspapers.
An example of a Primary Death Notice:
TAYLOR, Reginald Edward (Ted) (Regt No 7833, Cpl. 2nd NZEF) on 12 January 2015
Peacefully at home, aged 93 years.
Dearly loved husband of Emily.
Loved father and father-in-law of Elspeth and Stan Gardiner (Christchurch), Louise and Pater Thackeray (Melbourne), Sarah and Terrence Billington (Auckland).
Much loved grandfather of Ben, Pete, Sally, Bethany and Victoria.
Loved brother of John (dec’d), Patrick (dec’d) and Elizabeth (Wellington).
Dearest Uncle to his nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to (add the names of people or organisations who have gone beyond the norm in caring for the deceased)
Donations to (charity name) in lieu of flowers.
Messages to 195 North Street, Timaru.
Ted’s funeral service will be held at Aoraki Funeral Services Chapel, 160 Mountain View Rd, Timaru on 19th January 2015 at 2:30pm followed by a private cremation.
Generally speaking, other death notices which may be placed by close friends and family will not be accepted by the newspaper until the primary notice has been delivered to them by the funeral home. This is done to avoid mistaken information which may cause confusion or fraudulent notices which may cause distress.