While most family members and close friends will be advised of a person's death by word of mouth, it remains for a death notice in the newspaper to make the death more widely known. Usually placed by the funural director in a space allotted by the newspaper, the death notice will make the facts of the death known as well as the arrangements to be followed and the specified time. All this information is disseminated in accordance with the family's wishes. It may be helpful to make desires known about flowers and monetary contributions at this time. An obituary, on the other hand, is a news story, pver which the family has control. It is written by the newspaper staff.