We understand that gathering all the information necessary to place an obituary can sometimes be difficult or confusing.

The following are answers to frequently asked questions about publishing Obituaries, In Memoriams and Cards of Thanks in the Omaha World Herald.

 

What is the difference between an Obituary and an In Memoriam?

 

An Obituary announces an individual�s passing and typically includes information regarding services, visitation and burial.  It may also include details about their life such as education, employment, religious and civic affiliations and information about the family such as relatives, both living and deceased.

In Memoriams typically commemorate a special day such as the anniversary of one�s passing, a birthday or a special holiday.  Scripture, poems and photos are welcome. 

 

How much does it cost to place an obituary in the Omaha World Herald?

 

The rates are $4.65 per line per day, Monday through Saturday and $5.50 per line on Sunday. 

A line consists of 30-35 characters � including all letters, numbers, punctuation and spaces.  There is no extra charge for bold type.
Photos count for approximately 17 lines billed at the applicable line rate per day.

All obituaries are uploaded to our website and mobile app for a flat $20.00 charge. 

The World Herald does not offer a free death notice.

 

Will you bill us for the cost of the obituary?

 

We can bill most funeral homes within our immediate area. If your funeral home is located outside the Omaha area or you do not work with us on a regular basis, we require prepayment with a credit or debit card or an electronic check prior to publishing the obituary.  You may request a credit application for future business.

 

We accept Visa, American Express and Discover.  (Mastercard is not accepted)

 

Obituaries placed by individuals are paid with a credit or debit card or an electronic check prior to publishing the obituary.

 

What is the deadline to place an Obituary, In Memoriam or Card of Thanks?


Our deadlines are:
3 p.m. Monday through Friday for next day publication
2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for next day publication


The Omaha World Herald is published 7 days a week with morning delivery to subscribers and newsstands.

 

What if I miss the deadline for a publication?

 

Unfortunately, you will need to choose the next available date.
If the date is unavailable on your screen, the deadline has passed.

All changes and corrections received after deadline will appear in the next available date of publication.

 

How many days do I have to publish an obituary?

 

All obituaries are published for a minimum of one day.
You may publish as many days as you wish beyond the one-day minimum.
Sunday is our highest circulation day followed by Wednesday.

 

If I have a photo, what format is acceptable?

 

You have the choice to use up to 2 photos.

In order to get the very best picture printed, please make sure that the photo is cropped, or use our Crop Tool and show just the face of your loved one.

We accept *.jpg, *.jpeg, *.gif, *.eps, *.png, *.pdf formats.

 

TIPS: Getting good quality images for your ad:
Use the highest resolution setting on your camera or cell phone to ensure the best reproduction in your ad.
Cell phone photos and photos saved from web sites are low resolution images that are optimized to look good onscreen and will not reproduce well in print.
If you are scanning a photo, make sure images are scanned at a high resolution. A low resolution scan will not reproduce well in print.
VERY IMPORTANT:  If the image looks blurry in the ad preview, it will print blurry.  We are not able to improve on an original poor quality image.

 

How can I ensure my Obituary text will look good?

PROOFREAD your notice very carefully before submitting it for publication.

Do not over-use the space bar, carriage return or indentation. Our application does it all for you!

NOTE:  The system will not let you continue through your order unless you complete all required information on each page.  Required information has a RED asterisk.

You have the choice to use up to 4 emblems.  Emblems include the Veteran�s Flag, Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine, Coast Guard, Omaha Police Badge, Omaha Fire Dept., Knights of Columbus, Mason�s, Shriner�s, Lion�s Club, praying hands, cross, American flag and the Star of David.

 

All ads will be approved for publication by the Omaha World Herald obit staff.  Edits to format, punctuation, capitalizations, etc. may occur during the approval process in order to comply with OWH Standards of Publication.  (see the tab: Guide to Writing Obituaries)

Can I work on my notice and save it without submitting it?

 

Yes, you may build the notice, see how much it will cost and save it for later.  You will be prompted to create an account so you can log in at a later date and finish and submit the notice before deadline.

 

How will I be notified that my order has been received?

When your order is completed and purchased, you will receive an order confirmation through your email.

You will also receive notifications of any modifications, cancellations, or rescheduling of obituaries if applicable.

 

Will my notice publish in color in the newspaper?

 

No, all notices are published in black and white in the newspaper. The photos remain in color on the order entry screen and will be converted to black/white prior to publication. 

 

What will my photo look like on the website?

 

Photos will appear on the website as originally submitted.  For example, if your original photo is color, sepia or black and white, then that is how it will appear online.

 

Is the preview an accurate representation of how the notice will look in the paper?

 

Yes, what you see is what you will get in the newspaper (other than a color photo). PROOFREAD your notice very carefully before submitting it for publication.

 

What if I want to add or delete a photo after submitting the order?

 

Photos may be added or deleted at anytimeFor example:  You have scheduled a complete obituary for 2 days with no photo.  After the first day of publication, you want to add a photo; or if you have created the order and forgot to use a photo, you can modify the order and add the photo.  You can also delete photos in the same manner. 

 

Simply log in to your account, locate your ad in the �Future Ads� or �Current Ads� area, and click �Modify� the ad.  Scroll down to the photo section and upload or delete your photo.

If you are paying by credit card and you change the cost of the ad, you will be credited or charged the correct amount, depending on if your amount decreases or increases. 

Please allow 7-10 business for any credit to show on your banking statement.

                                      
What if I notice a mistake in my notice after submitting the order?

 

To avoid errors, PROOFREAD your notice very carefully before submitting it for publication.

You may make changes to your notice at any point before deadline.  Simply log in to your account, locate your ad in the �Future Ads� area, and click �Modify� the ad. 

If you are paying by credit card and you change the cost of the ad, you will be credited/charged the correct amount, depending on if your amount decreases or increases.  Please allow 7-10 business for any credit to show on your banking statement.

 

If you notice an error after deadline but before publication, you may call our Obituary Staff during normal business hours for any available assistance in correcting the error.  There is no guarantee that the error can be corrected; however our staff will make every reasonable effort to assist you.

 

How long will my notice appear on www.omaha.com?

 

At this point, indefinitely.

 

How do I find an obituary that previously published in the Omaha World Herald?

 

You can search obituaries online at www.omaha.com  or contact an Obituary Staff representative at (402) 444-1286 or send your questions to:  WHobits@owh.com.

 

The Obituary Staff Regular Business Hours are:

 

Monday through Friday, 8am � 5pm

Saturday, 8am � 3pm

Sunday, 9am � 3pm