How Much Does an Obituary in the Newspaper Cost?

An obituary, also known as a death notice or obituary notice, is a brief notice of someone’s death that is placed in a local newspaper.  The obituary will usually include a small picture, a short biography, as well as other snippets such as who they left behind, when and where the funeral is going to be held, and other important information.  The cost of an obituary is going to depend on the newspaper in which it is publicized, the amount of wording and how long it’s going to be publicized.

How much is it?

What are the extra costs?

What is going to be included?

How can I save money?


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Average Reported Cost: $484.6

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Less Expensive $1 $1.5K $3K $5K $6.5K More Expensive $8k

How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. CWILSON (LEESBURG,  VIRGINIA) paid $800 and said:

    Out of state Funeral Home [Maryland] wants to charge $400 for each newspaper they put the obituary in, which was going to cost $800 for 2 local newspapers in Virginia. The obituary was already placed in the newspaper in the state where the deceased lived. I was just asking to have them submit the same obituary to the 2 local newspapers; no additional information was requested from them. Don’t understand this exorbitant fee for information they already have.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. goodman (Eind,  Oklahoma) paid $215 and said:

    Nothing was said about costs anywhere,any time until after publishing, just a verbal “we’ll take care of it”. They made changes that turned the obit into something that sounded like it was written by an unmotivated 12 year old without submitting it to me for approval and published it without my consent. After I demanded a reprint using my original text, both obits appeared on line side by side. These people are dishonest and/or completely incompetent. Get the cost in writing first! These people are evil and they well understand the psychology of the bereaved and take FULL ADVANTAGE. They also ignore using time and cost saving programs such as “Save as Word Document” to run up the word count in order to pad their bill to the customer.

    Was it worth it? No

  3. Pensacola news journal (Pensacola ,  Florida) paid $500 and said:

    500 one day Saturday with picturre
    800 for three days with picture

    Was it worth it? Yes

  4. Ann R. (San Diego,  California) paid $ and said:

    Yes, it’s true. It was the San Diego Union Tribune (owned by the LA Times) and the only way I could post for a day in the newspaper was to “buy the package” with a bunch of online stuff I did not want. I am outraged that they take advantage of grieving loved ones who want to honor their departed.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  5. Barb D (Hartford,  Connecticut) paid $908.00 and said:

    The Hartford Courant 10/23/16 – $907.67 !!!! I did the entire listing and wording myself thru their online portal.
    For (1) small picture, a cross emblem and approximately 100 double sized lines across size. In the Sunday paper and online thru legacy.com which is standard for the obituary department. I had to pay this because it is my Dad but you can’t find the price of what you are doing until the very end and then it does not give you a breakdown of where the money is being spent so you can adjust the pricing! They got ya’.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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