Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Obituary policy

We publish obituaries as a public service, with the fundamental belief that they are newsworthy. Obviously these reports include obituaries for people who live in the Manhattan area; the also include obituaries for former residents and people with relatives or other connections to the area.

We have guidelines that we follow in determining what content we put into obituaries. Families may add more information to an obituary for a fee; we added that option a few years ago in response to requests by customers.

Photos are free and we will print the first 150 words of an obituary for free. After 150 words, we charge 40ยข per word, with a $13.00 minimum.

We typically accept obituaries from funeral homes. Contact your funeral director if you would like him or her to forward an obituary to the Mercury for publication. Feel free to have the funeral home contact us for more information.

If you’re looking for an obituary and don’t see it here, try searching the archive of older material from The Mercury. Please note when searching the archive that sometimes obituaries are grouped together, so if you’re searching for “John Smith” and you see an obituary for “Barbara Johnson” at the top, you might still have the right article.

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