Newspapers double dip when it comes to obituaries.  They charge to print the obituary (city papers can easily charge over $1000 per obit) and then charge for people to purchase the newspaper.

And printed obituaries in the newspaper are ONLY valuable for people who don’t have a presence on social media.  If you have a Facebook profile, posting someone’s obituary on Facebook is more effective than having it printed in the newspaper.  In fact, in a decade or have one’s obituary printed in the newspaper will be as obsolete as the papers themselves.  Newspapers know this.

So, if you have a Facebook profile and you want to save money, here’s a general template you can use to write an obituary.  It’s a skeletal template, meant for you flesh out the details of a person’s life.   

Obituary Template

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