The Chickasaw Journal will change its obituary policy, starting with the Wednesday, May 27 edition. The change will include a small charge for full obituaries while providing more options for families.
“Obituaries are a very important part of our newspaper, and we want to continue to be able to provide this service,” said GM Lisa Voyles. “With the volume of obituaries and the space required to run them in the newspaper continually expanding, we find it necessary to add a small charge for handling and production costs while still providing a no-cost option to families.”
The Chickasaw Journal will continue to publish a basic obituary free as a public service, giving the name, age and community of residence of the deceased, date and place of death, funeral arrangements and visitation, and memorial requests.
A full obituary may include biographical information, personal interests and involvements, family survivors, pall bearers and other relevant information for a $15 charge. A photo of the deceased may be run with an obituary for a separate charge of $10. Special obituaries with wording different from standard obituary style will be charged per inch at the newspaper’s charity rate.
Funeral homes may e-mail obituaries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Obituaries that are faxed or hand-delivered incur an additional $5 charge. Obituaries are accepted only from funeral homes and charges are billed through the funeral home. No obituaries are accepted over the telephone, but funeral homes may call 662-456-3771 with questions.