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How Do I Find Out If Someone Is Dead

Updated on July 17, 2015

First you check their pulse. I kid, I kid. Death is no laughing matter but there had to be a way for me to ease into this rather heavy subject matter and now that we’re deep in it, let’s answer the burning question of how to find out if someone is dead. For starters, I’m going to make the assumption that since you’re inquiring about someone you probably haven’t been in touch with them for a while so first thing you need to do is contact their last living relative to find out if they know the whereabouts of the person in question. This relative is also the perfect source for information regarding whether the person you’re inquiring about is dead or alive. If he or she is alive - yay, time to reconnect with them but if he or she is deceased, my condolences.

If you’re unable to locate any living relatives or friends of a person to find out if they’re alive or dead, the newspaper is your next best source of information. Every single newspaper has got an obituary section that’s usually run by a couple of staff members who are always happy to dig through their archives to find out whether a person is dead or alive. If the person is dead, they’ll even give you copies of their obituaries so you can at least have one last momento of the dearly departed.

We live in a digital world so if for whatever reason your town doesn’t publish a local newspaper with an obituary section then put on your detective hat and hit the web to do your own digging. The search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo are a great place to start but an even better starting point is social media. Facebook in particular is full of information and useful connections from old classmates to people who grew up in the same towns and so on and if you start asking around about the person you suspect to be deceased, someone is bound to have an answer for you - for your sake, I hope it’s a positive answer but even if it turns out that the person is indeed dead, I hope you treasure all the memories the two of you made together and that you get the closure you seek.


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