When someone dies, family and friends have to be informed of the death and upcoming funeral. The custom in Holland is to do that with a card (called overlijdenskaartje, decease card) and usually an advertisement in the local newspaper.
The card above was sent when my 2nd great grandmother, Attje Bansema (1851-1923), passed away. Note the use of her maiden name on the card: Women keep their own name after marriage, even though they often use their husbands' surname.
The format of cards like this are more or less fixed: The first paragraphs announce the death of the deceased, then follows a list of close relatives, and the card ends with the funeral arrangements:
|Heden overleed, na eene korte ongesteldheid, onze lieve Moeder, Behuwd- en Grootmoeder||Today passed away, after a short illness, our dear mother, mother in law, and grandmother|
|Attje Bansema||Attje Bansema|
|in den ouderdom van bijna 72 jaren. Sedert 1918 weduwe van J. Melessen Mzn.||at the age of almost 72 years. Since 1918 widow of J. Melessen Mzn [son of M].|
|De teraardebestelling zal plaats hebben op de Noorder begraafplaats Zaterdag a.s. Vertrek sterfhuis 10½ uur.||The interment will take place on the Noorder begraafplaats [name of the cemetery] next Saturday. Departure from the morgue at 10:30.|
File: Attje Bansema