How to Get an Obituary Published

by Contributing Writer

How to Get an Obituary Published. An obituary announces a person's death and gives a brief description of his or her life. Obituaries also list when and where a funeral or service will take place.

Step 1

Call the newspaper and ask for obituary prices. Most publications charge by the line or by the word.

Step 2

Write the obituary. For assistance, the newspapers will provide examples from their obituary section.

Step 3

Submit the obituary to the newspaper. Add an optional photo, the newspaper will accept jpeg formats. Be prepared to provide the publication date and submit the funeral home or crematory name and phone number. The newspaper will likely call to confirm.

Step 4

Prepay for the obituary if required.

Step 5

If you prefer, ask your funeral home to make arrangements with the newspaper to submit the obituary and receive the bill.

Items you will need

  • Complete Mailing Address
  • Contact Phone Number
  • Photo (optional, a jpeg image format is generally suitable)
  • Desired Publication Date
  • The Funeral Home or Crematory name and phone number for the newspaper to confirm