Instructions for placing death notices and obituaries

There are two different types of obituaries that can be seen in The Washington Post: death notices and news obituaries. A paid death notice is an advertisement in a classified section that has been created by the family or funeral home. In the vast majority of situations, families are free to include any information that they see fit in a death notification. A death notice is the sole area in The Washington Post where information on funeral services, memorials, gifts, and surviving family members, as well as personal remembrances, may be published.

This is an important point to keep in mind. You may have the option of requesting that a death notice be published on a specific day or days. The costs change depending on the length of the portrait as well as whether or not a photograph is required. You can submit a death notice by sending an email to [email protected] or by calling the Classified Advertising department at 202-334-4122.

An obituary is a type of biographical news story that is typically published by a journalist. The Washington Post is always interested in hearing your ideas for news obituaries. Please fill out the following form or send an email to [email protected] if you would like to request a news obituary. We are unable to provide a promise that the story will be published; however, we do check all of the requests that are submitted and will get in touch with you if we are able to assign a reporter to cover the subject.

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