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South Bend Tribune Obituaries


Basic Details You Should Know When Choosing Free-of-charge Obituaries

There are several ways in which an individual's death may be announced to the public. Most people contact their local newspapers and follow their protocol to get the notice published, though others like to keep it intimate with personal cards. The papers usually print free obituaries with limitations.

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 can be submitted to multiple newspapers, specifically those serving the cities where the deceased once resided. With this practice, people who knew them in those areas will be informed and able to send condolences or attend services. Whether to do this or not is left solely up to the immediate family of the one who has passed away.


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