In this day and age of identity theft and cyber attacks why on earth would anyone want to publish a notice that a loved one has died? Obituaries often contain a great deal of personal information including detailed information of the deceased’s entire family. Names of children, grandchildren, spouses or partners and pets are usually included and including other information such as where the person went to school, where they worked and places they have volunteered is common. Cyber-crime can occur based on this secondary information.
The other concern is that the obituary can be notice to the public that the deceased’s residence is now vacant making it a target for theft particularly while the family are attending the funeral.
Obituaries are now often placed online and comments are encouraged from family and friends. This adds to the information available for cyber-crime and it is distributed globally through the internet.
Obituaries provide comfort for the family and friends of the deceased but executors and the family of the deceased need to carefully weigh the benefit of publishing this information and any information that is published should be kept to a minimum.
Deborah A. Todd