There are databases you know about but don't often have occasion to go to. For me the Obituary Daily Times fits into that category. A daily index of published obituaries, you can subscribe to it on Rootsweb, at GEN-OBIT, but to avoid being swamped I prefer using the search engine at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ as required
It's an index so entries look like:
OVERTON, Mildred (OAKLEY); 93; Pittsfield MA; Berkshire Eagle; 2000-10-17; pixie
A search will find hits for the term anywhere in the item so beware surnames that are also locations.
There are instructions on the web site about getting the complete published obit.
You may also want to try Online Obituaries at www3.sympatico.ca/jacquest/online.htm which is particularly strong in recent Canadian obits.