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An obituary is a public notice of someone's death. It generally includes date of death and time and place for funeral arrangements. It usually includes cause of death and the names of close surviving family members. It may include suggestions for donations to a favorite cause in honor of the person who is gone. For celebrities, it is usually written by a newspaper providing the reason for their celebrity. Otherwise, it is written by the funeral home, with the help of the family, or by the family.