Obituary Policies and Options

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Before an obituary can be printed in the Times Record News, it must be presented by a funeral home or the appropriate authority must verify the death. If a family member wishes to interact directly with the paper instead of going through a funeral home, they must provide the obituary clerk with the name, location (city and state), and phone number of the funeral home or cremation service handling arrangements so that we may verify the death of the individual. This is a precautionary measure taken by the Times Record News to ensure no falsified information is printed.

The submission must be received by the obituary desk before 3 p.m. in order to run in the next edition of the paper. This applies to submissions received via email, fax or in person. Any information received after 3 p.m. will not be considered until the following day. We are not able to take obituaries on Sundays, so submissions made on Sunday will be published in the Tuesday paper. This ensures that the obituary clerks will be able to successfully meet their daily deadline.

Family members placing an obituary independent of a funeral home must provide us with a contact name and telephone number so we may get in touch with you if any problems or questions arise. If you choose to run a paid obituary, payment must be made in advance, over the phone via credit card or in-person. We will call you to arrange payment if you submit a paid obituary while we are out of the office.

OPTION 1: Free Death Notice

The free death notice includes the information only:

The opening paragraph lists the deceased's name, age, city of residence, date of death (day and date) and city of death.

The second paragraph includes any graveside, funeral or memorial services, wake or rosary services, the date and time of the service, the officiant(s) and their title(s), the place of burial and the funeral home in charge of arrangements.

The third paragraph includes the deceased's occupation and/or military service; their job title and place of employment is acceptable.

The fourth paragraph lists the surviving family members, which in our free notice includes immediate family: spouse, children, parents, siblings, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc.; and the number of surviving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc. We do include stepchildren and step and half siblings, though we do not include any in-laws, fiancées, or family members who preceded the deceased in death.

Finally, if desired we can include a visitation time, date and location, as well as any suggested memorials.

OPTION 2: Paid Obituary

The paid obituary consists of any information a family would like to include. The cost of the paid obituary is based of the word count. The prices are as follows:

(Mon-Sat charges/Sunday charges)
0 to 149 words - $65.00/$70.00

150 to 249 words - $95.00/$100.00

250 to 399 words - $145.00/$150.00

400 to 550 words - $200.00/$205.00

More than 550 words - $200.00/$205.00 plus 35 cents per word

OPTION 3: Paid Obituary with Picture

If a family chooses to include a picture, the obituary automatically becomes paid and the family is charged by the word as indicated above, plus $25 for single photo and $35 for double photo. We cannot run a free obituary with a picture.

*If an obituary is run for multiple days, the charges will include full price for the first day and half price for any additional days.

*Our paid obituary includes 10 copies of the paper for you to share with your family. These may be picked up at our front office during regular business hours any time for two weeks following the date it appeared in the paper. Alternately, we can have the 10 papers shipped to you for an additional charge of $15.00.

A picture can be emailed to the paper at obits(at) It should be in either a .jpeg or .bmp format. If a photo is walked in to our front desk, the family should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope so the photo can be returned.

Times Record News reserves the right to amend outdated information, such as dates of services, when they have occurred prior to publication date.