Published August 17, 2020
“Why should I live? Why should I do anything? Is there in life any purpose which the inevitable death that awaits me does not undo and destroy?”
- Leo Tolstoy
The moment we are born, we start dying; that’s a fact. So, does that mean we shouldn’t celebrate life in fear of death? Quite the opposite, actually. The foremost reason we have to lead a respectable life is that our time on this earth is limited.
What are obituaries?
Obituaries are an announcement of somebody’s death but are just as much a celebration of life. They start by talking about the date and the nature of a person’s death. What follows is the list of what that person was able to accomplish in life.
Anecdotes usually follow this, giving us an image of how this person’s character was. Then, the obituary features the family members that the deceased left behind. Lastly, it shares the details about the upcoming funeral of this person.
Obituaries are meant to portray that person in an extraordinary light that they may have never experienced alive. I mean, how often do you show up in your local newspaper? For that particular reason, obituaries should exalt the person, elevating them to superhero status.
Where are obituaries posted?
Traditionally, obituaries are posted in newspapers. Newspapers were the preferred media back in the day; there just wasn’t a better or more convenient way to spread information. But with the rise of technology and the internet, specifically, newspapers have gone down in popularity. Social media and other news outlets have made it more convenient to access the latest happenings.
The number of newspapers (both digital and print) in circulation have been decreasing steadily over the past few years. It isn’t uncommon then for obituaries to be posted on alternative media.
Here are some alternative media you can post obituaries on:
- Online Newspapers – online-only obituaries generally run for a lower cost and greater value for your money. Online obituaries allow you to go into more detail about your loved one’s life. This is because they either don’t limit the length of it, or the limit is much larger than print newspapers. The other advantage this has over print newspapers is that they can be visited and revisited indefinitely.
- Memorial websites – family members who survived the departed can also opt to create memorial sites in tribute to their loved one. They can choose to purchase a domain for their website and then create a free website on WordPress or other unpaid platforms. This option is much cheaper in the long run compared to traditional print. Costs can be as low as $2.95/month to host a website that you can run for however long you want.
- Memorializing social media accounts – one way you can pay tribute to a loved one who’s passed is by memorializing their account. Memorializing someone’s account means that you freeze their account. If it’s on Facebook, then the account will not appear on the suggested friends list, and no birthday notifications will show. Different sites may have different terms and conditions for this, but most will require a death certificate to verify.
How much does it cost to post an obituary?
Traditional print is the most expensive option here. Back in the early 1990s, obituaries were free to post. But with the recent decline of newspapers, they’ve decided to monetize this service. For all papers, the size of the announcement, inserted picture, and the number of lines determine the total cost.
However, there isn’t one standard practice for pricing in a newspaper. Newspapers could charge you for the number of lines, column-inches, or you may have to buy a part of a page. The costs could go anywhere between $200 – $1000.
Online-only obituaries go for far less at $50-$100. Most families would opt for traditional print ,though, since this is what they’re accustomed to. Furthermore, it gives most adults a sense of nostalgia browsing through a newspaper and going through obituaries.
About The Author
Terrence Tan Ting is an industrial engineer by profession but a full time writer by passion. He loves to write about a wide range of topics from many different industries thanks to his undying curiosity.