Last time we shared some suggestions to help you write an obituary. Once it is written, what do you do next?
The first step is to share it with someone whose opinion you trust and who knew the individual who passed. This will be a good check, not only for grammatical and syntax errors, but also to ensure that you have achieved the spirit of what you wanted to express. Then you can proceed to share the obituary with your family, friends and the general public. Consider the number of words you use, as most publications charge by the word. Obituaries can range from 50 - 400 words, most run about 200.
1. Your mortuary should have the option of posting the obituary along with the listing of services on their website. Not only will there be a link to the obituary, but often times an online guestbook is made available.
2. When publishing an obituary in a newspaper, either for print or online submission, there can be confusion as to terminology. Technically, a death notice is written and submitted by families and obituaries are considered editorial articles, usually written by the staff when the deceased has some notoriety. However, often the terms are used interchangeably. Know that whatever you call it, there will be a charge for publication. The charge can be by the word, number of lines or number of inches.
3. In most cases, you will have the option of having the obituary/death notice run in a printed version, online or both.
4. To run the information in your local papers, contact the local writer or editor to find out the specific process for submission. If you need assistance finding where to publish, for example the hometown newspaper of the deceased, you can visit Legacy.com which works with hundreds of newspapers that publish death notices/obituaries. On this site, you can also view obituaries that are running in these publications.
5. Hilgenfeld Mortuary can submit death notices to local papers on your behalf. Please contact our staff to find out details and charges for this service.
Today we are fortunate to have access to a staggering amount of information and thus is the case of researching what you need to do with the passing of a loved one. So much information can be overwhelming, especially during this difficult time. Please don't hesitate to contact a member of the Hilgenfeld staff during the process for assistance. We are here to help.