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Death Notices

Obituaries and Funeral Notices Policy

The Keene Sentinel’s obituary and funeral notice policy provides for a variety of ways to present information about the life of a loved one and to report on funeral services.

Standard obituaries that conform to Sentinel news style and that are subject to editing by the newspaper are published at no charge. A standard obituary includes a concise report about the life of an individual and a listing of close relatives, but contains no information about funeral arrangements with one exception: In cases when funeral services are private and there are no expressed preferences regarding memorial contributions, the language “private services will be held at XYZ funeral establishment” may appear in the obituary without charge. Obituaries are handled by The Sentinel’s news department at 603-352-1234, extension 1422.

Additional information about the individual’s life, and information about funeral or memorial services can be included for a flat charge of $60. A subsequent report about what happened at the funeral, may also be printed for a flat fee of $60. The charge for publication of a photo is $10. This information is also subject to editing to conform to Sentinel style. Each of these notices is handled by The Sentinel’s news department, which forwards billing information to the business office; billing is generally to the named funeral establishment. The Sentinel suggests a limit of 500 words.

If they wish, families may submit a more extensive “PAID NOTICE” about a deceased person's life that need not conform to The Sentinel’s editorial style (as spelled out in the section below titled WRITING STYLE AND RULES ABOUT TYPES OF INFORMATION). The notice is not edited by newsroom staff. The notice is set aside from obituaries and appears in a typeface different from that used in obituaries; every effort will be made to publish Paid Notices on the same page as obituaries. The notice is treated as an advertisement and is priced at the newspaper’s applicable per-inch advertising rate. Such notices are handled exclusively by The Sentinel’s advertising department at 603-352-1234, extension 1211, and are subject to advertising department deadlines, space availability and all other Sentinel advertising policies. The Sentinel reserves the right to reject or classify any such notice.

Further, families may purchase a “PAID MEMORIAL” that commonly appears on an anniversary of the birth or death of a deceased loved one. The notice is set aside from obituaries and appears in a typeface different from that used in obituaries; every effort will be made to publish Paid Memorials on the same page as obituaries. The Paid Memorial is treated as an advertisement and is priced at the newspaper’s normal per-inch advertising rate. Such notices are handled exclusively by The Sentinel’s advertising department at 603-352-1234, extension 1211, and are subject to advertising department deadlines, space availability and all other Sentinel advertising policies. The Sentinel reserves the right to reject or classify any such notice.

WRITING STYLE AND RULES ABOUT TYPES OF INFORMATION

The opening paragraphs of an obituary include the following information: Full given name, nickname in quotes if applicable, middle name or initial, maiden name in parentheses if applicable, last name, age; last address or address before admission to health care facility, followed by date and place of death; cause of death, at the discretion of survivors, such as: “...after a brief illness” or “…after a long battle with cancer.” Private reflections that do not convey information about the individual's life, such as "...died surrounded by love," or "... is now joining others in heaven," will be edited out.

Additional basic obituary information

**The full date of death will appear in obituaries. Such as: John Smith, 87, of Allentown died Monday, April 5, 2004, at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough following a brief illness.

**Events or accomplishments in the individual’s life should be listed in chronological order, with mention made of birthplace and date, parents’ names, schools, jobs, military service, places of residence, affiliations and volunteer activities, and retirement information.

** Living family members should be listed in the following order: spouse; children; parents; brothers or sisters; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; grandparents; aunts and uncles; cousins; nieces and nephews; common-law spouse, fiance or fiancee, or other companion. Include military titles if available.

In this listing, only the following immediate family members are to be identified by first and last name and hometown. An exception may be made when the family is very small, when no immediate family members are living; or when an extended family member or friend was a dependent or the primary caregiver.

Women may be listed in the second reference as either “Mrs.,” “Miss” or “Ms.” at the discretion of the family.

Ex-spouses may be listed if the family so wishes. Deceased spouses, children and parents may also be named. Other deceased relatives may not be named.

**Brief mention of hobbies, vocations, avocations and interests may be included in obituaries, to give the readers a sense of the individual's life. Such information can include: “Mr. Jones was a very loving father and grandfather who also cared deeply about the extended family of adopted nieces and nephews.” Or: “Ms. Smith enjoyed taking friends and family members to a particular spot on the peak of Mt. Osceola, where her own father had often hiked with her.” Or: “Mrs. Grant was a lifelong lover of Golden Retrievers, and was particularly fond of Captain.”

EXCEPTIONS

In instances where Sentinel editors consider a deceased person to be of sufficient prominence to justify an extended news report, expanded information about that individual’s life and other information may appear in the obituary at The Sentinel’s sole discretion.

PHOTOS

Photos will be used with standard obituaries. If possible, digital images should be emailed to news@keenesentinel.com as a 5x7 jpeg file at 200 dpi. If a “hard-copy” photo is submitted, the name of the deceased should be written on the back; families who want a “hard copy” photo to be returned should include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

CORRECTIONS

Obituary corrections will be published at the bottom of the obituary page and will be headlined with the name of the deceased.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION

The obituary deadline remains 8:45 a.m. Monday through Friday for the print editions of those days and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights for the print editions of the following days. Obituaries should be emailed to news@keenesentinel.com. Paper copy obituaries (preferably typed and double-spaced) may be hand-delivered to The Sentinel at 60 West Street in Keene or faxed to 603-352-9700. It is advised that funeral establishments call the newsroom to confirm receipt of obituary information at 603-352-1234, extension 1422.

SUGGESTIONS

If you have comments or suggestions about The Sentinel’s obituary and funeral notice policies, please contact Paul Miller, the newspaper’s editor, at pmiller@keenesentinel.com or at 603-352-1234, extension 1401.

Effective July 31, 2012

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