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Paying your respects and saying goodbye at the funeral service can help ease the pain and help others through their own grief. If you’ve lost touch or live outside the area when someone you care about has died, there are steps you can take to find out when and where a funeral service or memorial event will be held.

Death and funeral notices are generally published in newspapers. In this guide we help our clients search for a death and funeral notice.



Finding a notice with a known date

If you know when a death or funeral notice was published or when the death happened, then you can search relevant newspapers around the time of the event. Most newspapers publish these notices online, which makes your search much easier.


Finding a notice – date unknown

If you don’t know when a death or funeral notice might have appeared in a newspaper your best option is to search death and funeral notices onlineIf there is no online newspaper available to search then an index, such as The Ryerson Index.


The Ryerson Index

The Ryerson Index is a free index to death notices appearing in Australian newspapers. The date range covered extends from the Sydney Gazette of 1803 up to newspapers published within the last week or so. The Index also includes many funeral notices, and some probate notices and obituaries. Visit to start your search.



About eziFunerals

eziFunerals supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company. We are not part of any other funeral company.

Our member Funeral Directors operate in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Australia wide. They are chosen for their knowledge, quality, service, personalisation and experience. They go above and beyond, and will take the time to support the family.

For more information or to make contact with a trusted Independent funeral director, call eziFunerals on 1300 236 402 or visit