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Kalamazoo Gazette Obituaries


Details You Should Know When Choosing 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.

Obits and death notices are not the same thing. The latter is a more personalized announcement of a person's passing, normally written by someone who knew the subject well, providing details about their life and loss. The former is a short summary of an individual's basic facts and details of their funeral arrangements, often written by someone not associated with the deceased.

Generally, a newspaper has a standard form that they use to generate the obit. These articles are usually statements of facts such as the individual's name, dates of birth and death, home town, city of residency, school and job history as well as a list of any surviving family members. Most papers will post these notices without any charge.

Some smaller papers allow a little more leeway in their submissions. If the family wishes, they can include extra information like the cause of death, organizations and associations to which the deceased may have belonged, accomplishments and service details. Other publications sometimes have this option available for a small fee.

A lot of people choose to include these articles as part of the funeral service programs. This practice provides each person in attendance a copy of the obit for their own purposes. Some use the version printed in the papers, while others opt to write a more personalized one.

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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