What to Expect When Placing an Obituary

What to Expect When Placing an Obituary

What to Expect When Placing an Obituary

Many of us don't expect that we will be tasked with writing an obituary for a loved one for print or to be used online. However, it is an occurrence and something we will need to familiarize ourselves with at one point or another in our lives.

What Is an Obituary?

An obituary is the final record of a person's life. It is something that often lists their achievements and interests and may even include different milestones they had met in life. Obituaries become a part of public record and are a good way to keep the memory of our loved ones alive.

A more basic obituary will include the person's name as well as their birth and death dates. It may also include basic geographic information such as where they lived, their education, and a list of those who survive them. It will then list the funeral details.

The more detailed obituaries include far more personal information and further encompasses their life. It is written to inspire others and encourage them to live their life to its fullest. It may even include a short anecdote or quote that showcases the deceased person's personality and character.

Publishing Obituaries

The obituary serves as the first public announcement of a person's passing, so it needs to be written shortly after their death. The obituary will then be published in the newspaper a few days ahead of the scheduled funeral service.

While in the past, the obituaries were only published in the newspaper, today you will find them online as well. It is also a good way for the news to reach further, which is helpful if the deceased had lived in multiple locations over their lifetime.

The Cost of an Obituary

The cost of an obituary will vary depending on the source of publication and their rates. It will also vary depending on how long the obituary will run and its length. A short obituary can typically cost anywhere between $200 and $600 while a longer and more detailed one can cost upwards of $1,000.

The family also has the option of including a photograph of their loved one to run alongside the obituary as well, and this will also be factored into the overall price.

Online obituaries, on the other hand, maybe a more affordable option. Newspapers may even offer the choice of publishing online for $50-$100, which gives the family the opportunity to publish a longer and more detailed obituary online that can be shared further, for less.

If you choose the online option, it is important to remember that it isn't a replacement for the more traditional paper method. If you choose the paper method, it is still printable and available to be kept as a keepsake. This keepsake can also be incorporated into a photo album, scrapbook, funeral service, or even register book.

It is always best to learn the options that are available to you in your area concerning publishing obituaries for your loved ones, so you can reduce the costs while still being able to share the beautiful story of your loved ones in print, online, or both.

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