According to the Oxford English Dictionary, an obituary is “an announcement that someone has died, published in a newspaper in the form of a brief biography.” The objective is for the family of the deceased to inform as many people as possible about their loss so that even people from far-flung places can immediately respond in whatever is the best means at their disposal. This is the practice that has been prevailing across India till now.
However, in recent years, newspapers abroad are reducing obituary notices, if not completely stopping them as some leading publications are doing. Others are increasing their rates so much that families are having to shell out over $ 100 for a notice which says nothing more than the deceased’s name along with date of death and the minimum funeral details. The question of a brief biography of the person and a list of immediate grieving relatives becomes an uncertainty in the circumstances abroad.