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* Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse: Apparently Starfleet has a Casualty Notification Office to inform family members when someone is killed in the line of duty. Captain Kirk, though, still feels it appropriate that he should also send a personal letter when one of his crew dies.

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* Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse: Literature/StarTrekNovelVerse: Apparently Starfleet has a Casualty Notification Office to inform family members when someone is killed in the line of duty. Captain Kirk, though, still feels it appropriate that he should also send a personal letter when one of his crew dies.


Whenever a movie shows the folks at home while there is a war going on, you are very likely to see this: A pair of military personnel, in dress uniform, approaching the home of the soldier's family. The family will almost always know [[HeDidntMakeIt what this means.]]

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Whenever a movie shows the folks at home while there is a war going on, you are very likely to see this: A pair of military personnel, personnel in dress uniform, approaching the home of the soldier's family. The family will almost always know [[HeDidntMakeIt what this means.]]



* ''Film/BigFish'' has one, when the main character is sent on a suicide mission and doesn't return. We know he's alive, but his wife doesn't. Of course, the son he tells this story to assumes it's another one of his dad's tall tales. [[spoiler:it isn't.]]

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* ''Film/BigFish'' has one, when the main character is sent on a suicide mission and doesn't return. We know he's alive, but his wife doesn't. Of course, the son he tells this story to assumes it's another one of his dad's tall tales. [[spoiler:it [[spoiler:It isn't.]]



** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] again [[spoiler: in the film's climax, when a car with two men in uniform stop in front of Julia's house... and one of them is Hal Moore, home from the war.]]

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** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] again [[spoiler: in the film's climax, when a car with two men in uniform stop in front of Julia's house... and one of them is Hal Moore, home from the war.]]



* The 1952 ''What's It Like Out There'' by Creator/EdmondHamilton was a deconstruction of the heroic SpaceOpera he helped create. The SoleSurvivor of a Mars expedition goes around to the families of his crew, but ends up whitewashing the truth about how they died.

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* The 1952 ''What's It Like Out There'' by Creator/EdmondHamilton was a deconstruction of the heroic SpaceOpera he helped create. The SoleSurvivor of a Mars expedition goes around to the families of his crew, crew but ends up whitewashing the truth about how they died.



* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', ravens are usually used to send messages throughout the Westeros, and people have saying to them "dark wings, dark words" which includes the death of nobles. Winterfell receives a raven informing Ned Starks execution, and everyone in Westeros receives word of [[spoiler: King Joffreys death.]].
* The DreamSequence[=/=]ImagineSpot in the [[MilestoneCelebration 200th episode]] ("Life Before His Eyes") of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has Gibbs pose the question "What would have happened if my wife and daughter had not been killed?" The ghost of Mike Franks shows him--Shannon and Kelly waiting for Gibbs to return home, until a cadre of marines appear at their front door...

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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', ravens are usually used to send messages throughout the Westeros, and people have saying said to them "dark wings, dark words" which includes the death of nobles. Winterfell receives a raven informing Ned Starks execution, and everyone in Westeros receives word of [[spoiler: King Joffreys Joffrey's death.]].
* The DreamSequence[=/=]ImagineSpot in the [[MilestoneCelebration 200th episode]] ("Life Before His Eyes") of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has Gibbs pose the question "What would have happened if my wife and daughter had not been killed?" The ghost of Mike Franks shows him--Shannon him -- Shannon and Kelly waiting for Gibbs to return home, home until a cadre of marines appear appears at their front door...



* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' Prodigal general Grune, arriving home from a years'-long search for an AncientArtifact, delivers word of his comrade Panthro's loss to mutual friend King Claudus, while handing over one of the former's [[TragicKeepsake nunchucks]]. The details are [[HalfTruth suspiciously]] vague, not to spare Claudus emotionally, but to hide Grune's betrayal and defection to BigBad Mumm-Ra until their invasion forces are marshalled.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' Prodigal general Grune, arriving home from a years'-long years-long search for an AncientArtifact, delivers word of his comrade Panthro's loss to mutual friend King Claudus, Claudus while handing over one of the former's [[TragicKeepsake nunchucks]]. The details are [[HalfTruth suspiciously]] vague, not to spare Claudus emotionally, but to hide Grune's betrayal and defection to BigBad Mumm-Ra until their invasion forces are marshalled.

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* The Australian film ''The Telegram Man'' (2018) has the title character delivering telegrams to isolated Outback farms, a job that makes him quite popular as the bearer of news from the outside world...until World War 2 breaks out.

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* The 1952 ''What's It Like Out There'' by Creator/EdmondHamilton was a deconstruction of the heroic SpaceOpera he helped create. The SoleSurvivor of a Mars expedition goes around to the families of his crew, but ends up whitewashing the truth about how they died.


* During one of the dogfights in ''Film/TopGun'', Goose cracks a joke about this after Viper "kills" them.
--> '''Goose:''' The defense department regrets to inform you that your sons are dead because they were ''stupid''.

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* During one of the dogfights in ''Film/TopGun'', Goose cracks a joke about this after Viper Jester "kills" them.
--> '''Goose:''' The defense department Defense Department regrets to inform you that your sons are dead because they were ''stupid''.


* During one of the dogfights in ''Film/TopGun'', Goose cracks a joke about this after Viper "kills" them.
--> '''Goose:''' The defense department regrets to inform you that your sons are dead because they were ''stupid''.



* Variations on this trope turn up from time to time in Series/{{Mash}}, although we don't usually get to see the news delivered.

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* Variations on this trope turn up from time to time in Series/{{Mash}}, ''[[Series/{{Mash}} M*A*S*H]]'', although we don't usually get to see the news delivered.


** {{Subverted}}, the notices are delivered by a taxi cab driver, who ''really'' isn't enjoying the experience. [[ApronMatron Julia Moore]] and Barbara Geoghegan take it upon themselves to deliver the letters themselves, both to save the taxi driver from some of the anguish and out of a sense of responsibility to their neighbors.

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** {{Subverted}}, the notices are delivered by a taxi cab driver, implied to be an army veteran himself who ''really'' isn't enjoying the experience. [[ApronMatron Julia Moore]] and Barbara Geoghegan take it upon themselves to deliver the letters themselves, both to save the taxi driver from some of the anguish and out of a sense of responsibility to their neighbors.

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* In ''Film/FirstMan'', the heads of NASA review a press release that has been prepared in the event Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are stranded on the moon with no hope of rescue. TruthInTelevision, as NASA did have such a statement ready just in case the mission went wrong.


* ''Series/TheCommish''. Two police officers spend the entire day stalling over one of these. When they finally work up the nerve ThereWasMuchRejoicing from the family of the dear departed, who wasn't well liked.

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* ''Series/TheCommish''. Two police officers spend the entire day stalling over one of these. When they finally work up the nerve ThereWasMuchRejoicing [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing There Was Much Rejoicing]] from the family of the dear departed, who wasn't well liked.




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* ''Series/FoylesWar''. A telegraph boy has run away from his job after being attacked and abused by a woman he brought a death notice to. A Jewish psychiatrist counsels him that it was NothingPersonal, just her lashing out at the BearerOfBadNews. Feeling good after having helped the boy, the psychiatrist decides to go to the cinema...just in time to catch a newsreel about the recently liberated concentration camps. Fleeing from the cinema, he ends up murdering an escaped German prisoner he encounters.

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* ''Series/TheCommish''. Two police officers spend the entire day stalling over one of these. When they finally work up the nerve ThereWasMuchRejoicing from the family of the dear departed, who wasn't well liked.
* ''Series/TheBill''. The officers go to inform a man his brother is dead and are surprised when he legs it out the back door instead. Turns out he's involved in criminal activity and assumed they were coming to arrest him.


* ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' has a montage early on as Mrs. Ryan receives a series of death notices for all but one of her sons.
** Preceded by a scene showing a typing pool of a few dozen women producing those notices by the thousands.

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* ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' has a montage early on as Mrs. Ryan receives a series of death notices for all but one of her sons.
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sons, preceded by a scene showing a typing pool of a few dozen women producing those notices by the thousands.


Whenever a movie shows the folks at home while there is a war going on, you are very likely to see this: A pair of military personnel, in dress uniform, approaching the home of the soldier's family. [[GenreSavvy The family will almost always know]] [[HeDidntMakeIt what this means.]]

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Whenever a movie shows the folks at home while there is a war going on, you are very likely to see this: A pair of military personnel, in dress uniform, approaching the home of the soldier's family. [[GenreSavvy The family will almost always know]] know [[HeDidntMakeIt what this means.]]



In some cases, this takes the form of a telegram, to the point where the GenreSavvy will immediately guess the contents of a telegram recieved by a character in a wartime setting.

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In some cases, this takes the form of a telegram, to the point where the GenreSavvy one will immediately guess the contents of a telegram recieved by a character in a wartime setting.



* Sarah Jane Smith gets one of these visits from a UNIT colonel, accompanied by an entourage of armored trucks and gun-toting grunts (seriously, did they think Sarah Jane was going to ''eat'' them or something?), in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode "The Death of the Doctor". [[GenreSavvy She doesn't believe it for a minute]].

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* Sarah Jane Smith gets one of these visits from a UNIT colonel, accompanied by an entourage of armored trucks and gun-toting grunts (seriously, did they think Sarah Jane was going to ''eat'' them or something?), in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode "The Death of the Doctor". [[GenreSavvy She doesn't believe it for a minute]].minute.


While most common in war movies, it is also a trope tragically familiar to familes of firefighters and police officers as well. When the notice is (most commonly) delivered in person, it is closely related to DueToTheDead. It would be disrespectful for the deceased's loved ones to inform them of the death [[LearnedFromTheNews through the news media]] along with the general public, after all. Compare to [[HeDidntMakeIt He Didn't Make It]]. May feature a TragicKeepsake. If the notification is laced with white lies to spare the recipient pain or avoid tainting the deceased's memory, see ThePowerOfLegacy.

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While most common in war movies, it is also a trope tragically familiar to familes families of firefighters and police officers as well. When the notice is (most commonly) delivered in person, it is closely related to DueToTheDead. It would be disrespectful for the deceased's loved ones to inform them of the death [[LearnedFromTheNews through the news media]] along with the general public, after all. Compare to [[HeDidntMakeIt He Didn't Make It]]. May feature a TragicKeepsake. If the notification is laced with white lies to spare the recipient pain or avoid tainting the deceased's memory, see ThePowerOfLegacy.



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[[caption-width-right:287:Actually, [[VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed he got a crate and a TIE Fighter Force-dropped on him]] and [[RasputinianDeath got stabbed by an electrified lightsaber]]. But don't tell that to his wife.]]


* The PSA [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X_XY-vWzKs "Every Three Hours"]] from States United to End Gun Violence shows viewers how an ER doctor prepares to do this. The thoughts that race through her mind as she prepares to notify the kin in the waiting room are based on the New York Times Op-Ed [[https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/04/opinion/sunday/how-to-tell-a-mother-her-child-is-dead.html "How to Tell a Mother Her Child is Dead"]].

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* The PSA [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X_XY-vWzKs "Every Three Hours"]] from States United to End Gun Violence shows viewers how an ER doctor prepares to do this. The thoughts that race through her mind as she prepares to notify the kin in the waiting room during her preparations are based on the New York Times Op-Ed [[https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/04/opinion/sunday/how-to-tell-a-mother-her-child-is-dead.html "How to Tell a Mother Her Child is Dead"]].

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