According to research conducted by, the average obituary length is 836 characters.

But, there’s no set word count for an obituary. You can make it as long or short as you want. If you publish the obituary in a larger-sized newspaper, you will typically be charged for each word. Longer obituaries will cost more than shorter ones.

If you need help writing an obituary, visit the How to Write a Good Obituary page or purchase our Obituary Kit.

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