Informing Others of Someone's Passing

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There are several laws pertaining to whether, and how, one should inform others of a person's death. Additionally, several laws of mourning depend upon when one first hears of the death of his/her relative.

Informing one of the death of a relative

  1. One should not tell someone that one of his or her relatives died; however, if he’s asked, one may not lie but should say something vague which implies this. [1] Nowadays, the practice is to tell close relatives of the deceased in order that they would be able to attend the Levayan (funeral). Some put up signs informing people about a person’s death. [2]


Sources

  1. Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 206:9-10
  2. Rav Modechai Eliyahu in his comments to Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 206:4