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Chicago Tribune Obituary


Basics To Notice When Selecting Free-of-charge Obituaries

Publicly announcing an individual's death can be accomplished in several different manners. Some people take the private route of sending correspondence, but most choose the simple option of posting notices in newspapers and on websites. In most areas, the papers will run free obituaries.

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.

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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