Writing an obituary is free, if a family member or close friend writes it. Publishing an obituary in a newspaper costs money. If your family wishes to publish your loved one’s obituary, you can ask your funeral home team to handle the arrangements. Or, you can work directly with your local newspaper.

If the funeral home handles the obituary arrangements, the cost is typically added to the overall service fees. If you handle it, you’ll pay for it online when you submit it to the paper.

Need help writing an obituary? Read our Obituary Writing page or purchase our affordable Obit Kit.

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