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Ottawa Citizen Obituaries


What To Know When Picking Free-of-charge Obituaries

Letting others know of an individual's passing can be done in a couple of different ways. A detailed death notice may be written up and published both online and in area newspapers, or sent out as formal announcements. Most papers will offer free obituaries with certain restrictions.

There is a difference between an obit and a death notice. The first is usually a condensed biography written by a member of the newspaper's staff, stating just the basic details. The second is a more intimate accounting generally penned by someone who knew the deceased on a personal level.

Newspapers normally use a standard form when creating an obit. The article includes information such as the person's name, when and where they were born, the date of their passing, their place of residency, schools attended, jobs held and which family members survive them. For the most part, these posts are published at no cost to the submitter.

Occasionally, a newspaper will be a little more flexible in what information can be included. This can be items like which associations and organizations the deceased belonged to, military service, accomplishments and how they passed away. Some papers will charge a nominal fee for extras of this sort.

Sometimes these announcements are included in the service programs given to those attending the memorial or funeral. Doing this ensures that each mourner will have their own copy of the keepsake. Families may choose to use the newspaper's version of the notice or they might opt to write a new rendition with more sentiment and personalization.

Announcements of this type may be run in multiple publications such as those that serve all the prime area where the deceased called home during their lifetime. This will let people who knew them in those places know of the passing and allow them the chance to send condolences or pay respects. The family is responsible for choosing whether or not this is a viable option.


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