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