Why is it so difficult to put the cause of death in an obituary?

Jeez, come on.
Suicide. Homicide. Drug addiction. Alcoholism. Covid-19, both vaxxed and unvaxxed. Bipolar. Accidents. Cancer. COPD. Heart attack. Stroke. ALS, MS, neurological disorders, cardiac arrest.
The public should know.

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  • I do often wonder when someone died. My first question is always "how'd he die?" I do kind of wish it was in there.

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  • Sometimes it's better to keep it undisclosed most of the time people would be digging into other reasons for why someone would die.

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  • If that's private to the family then that's their business and we don't have a right to that information.

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  • They stopped breathing. End of story.

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  • I can't speak for all reasons, but death by suicide has a stigma to it. The public doesn't need to know. I think we all want to know the reason as we are curious by nature. But it's generally a private matter and we need to respect the privacy of the bereaved.

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    • It's also a little like when someone gets identified but then the family or relatives decides to withhold the identity from the public.

      An example of this is a case of a man named Lyle Stevik, a man found dead in 2001 by hanging inside a hotel and then years later he was identified by his family but they chose to not have his name released to the public.

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  • I wonder about some people when I see they died but I do not think the public should know. It's up to the family to disclose the reason if they choose to do so.

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  • True cause of death may not be know until the results of test and examinations are known. By that point the obituary has already been published and body cremated or buried.

    Also, funeral homes already prey on the surviving family members emotions. They'll gladly provide a 25000Euro funeral and put people in debt. I can just see the so call charity organizations that would prey on families if they knew your loved one died of cancer, Alzheimer's, suicide, or any other stated reason. They would be the new ambulance chasers, "obituary chasers".

    Let the dead RiP, and families grieve privately.

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    • That is why you must set up your death plan at some point. Got to do it with your will.

      My death plan involves burying me on my own damn property. With a few surprises if someone wants to remove me.

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      • I agree!!!!

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        • Nothing deadly. Just super fucking inconvenient. Helps that my partner is on board with my madness. So that's two corpses that you would have to remove from a property. Corpse relocation is a bitch of a legal process in of itself. Especially if said corpses are buried in a crypt like building. (Cause I want to buried fancy)

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  • Natural causes isnt a reason why someone died. It's a blanket statement for pretty much anything you tend to die of when you are old. Organ failure, illness that your body is too weak to fight etc.

    As for an obituary it's about how the person actually was in life rather than how they died. That's how an obituary works. I mean you could ask the autopsy mortician. But that would require some connections and I'm pretty sure patient records stay private even after you die.

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