How to Submit a Death Notice or an Obituary to a Newspaper or Website

A death notice is a paid announcement in a newspaper that gives the name of the person who died and details of the funeral or memorial service. Death notices may be submitted to newspapers by the family of the person who died or by someone acting on the family’s behalf, such as a funeral director or a friend.

Submitting a death notice online

Most newspapers will have links on their websites directing people to submit a paid death notice, usually under the heading “Obituaries” or “Obits.” While some newspapers manage their own obituary submission and management processes, many newspapers work with the obituary and death notice website Legacy.com. To submit a death notice to a newspaper you can go to the paper’s website and follow the instructions there, or you can go to Legacy.com and find a link to the newspaper’s death notice submission page there.

To submit an obituary online, use our resource Guide: Filing a Death Notice or Obituary.

Submitting a death notice or obituary through a funeral home

Funeral homes will submit death notices to newspapers on your behalf. Some funeral homes may charge a fee for this service, while others will not. Many people find that having the funeral home submit death notices on their behalf can simplify the process, as the funeral home can manage all the billing on the family’s behalf, and present the family with a single bill (rather than multiple bills) later.

Submitting an obituary to a local newspaper or community newsletter

Local newspapers with limited circulation and organizational newsletters assembled by a small staff may not have a protocol for submitting obituaries. If there is no dedicated obituary department, contact the editor directly and he or she will help you submit the obituary.

For advice on how to write a death notice or obituary, use our resource How to Write a Death Notice or Obituary.

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