The obituary section of a newspaper is a segment that contains recent publications of death announcements. Often accompanying the death notices are short biographies about the deceased.
Death notices have been a part of human culture since the 16th century. However, it wasn't until the 18th century that the term "obituary" came into existence and death notices became published in the press. Originally, obituaries were designed to recognize and remember the lives of prominent societal figures such as public servants and celebrities, as their deaths affected the greatest number of people. Death notices from the late 19th century are considered more disturbing than those of other eras.