As of 2015, a good place to find local obituaries is through the local newspaper. Most newspapers in the country publish daily obituaries.
Most major newspapers in the United States also offer online news. Local obituaries are listed in the online publications as well. To place an obituary one should contact their local paper.
National obituary databases are also available. The Obituaries website allows users to search obituaries in countries, including the U.S., Canada, the Bahamas, Scotland, New Zealand and Ireland. Searches require a first and last name, country and state, if applicable. The site is free to use and does not require registration.