There are many ways to say farewell from formal funeral services to private home-setting celebrations. They all form a part of the way we say goodbye. Obituaries or death notices, however, are a public way we share our final farewell celebration. It is part of the way we say goodbye - the public posting of final words. Some obituaries indicate much thought and much reflection on the life that was lived.
A death notice is a minimal amount or notice. An obituary is usually a more detailed account of a person's life and is often prepared for the newspaper from a form that the family fills out. Obituaries are a written form of collective remembrances. They remind us of others as well as ourselves - parents or grandparents of friends, the young suddenly departing, the loss of "valiant struggles" against diseases not yet conquered.
When community members leave, whether we know them personally or not, we mark their time with us by publicly commemorating their passing. The final words are one way we say goodbye and the way we will remember. These final words are often the way survivors pay tribute, perhaps make amends, and express hope for immortality.
1. Newport Independent
a. The Newport Independent is a weekly paper, distributed every Thursday.
b. The deadline for obituaries is 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning for same week publication.
c. There is a charge of $35.00 for full obituaries, including a photograph.
d. The Newport Independent will print a free obituary. The free obituary omits grandchildren’s names, spouses of survivors, hobbies, and pallbearer names.
2. The Jonesboro Sun
a. The Jonesboro Sun is a daily paper
b. The deadline for obituaries is 6:00 p.m. daily for next day publication.
c. The following charges apply: 99 free words are given to families, after that the charge is $.43 per word. A photograph can be printed for an additional $20.00.
3. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
a. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is a daily paper.
b. The deadline for obituaries is 2:00 p.m. daily for next day publications.
c. The following charges apply: 50 free words are given to families, after that the charges is $.85 per word. A photograph can be printed for an additional $25.00.
4. The Batesville Guard
a. The Batesville Guard prints Monday-Friday.
b. The deadline for obituaries is 10:00 a.m., for same day publication.
c. The Batesville Guard prints daily, and papers are distributed in the afternoon.
d. The Guard prints a free obituary if we allow them to edit it. If not, the charge is $85.00, and publication will not occur until the day following submission. The items typically edited out include spouses of survivors, grandchildren’s names, pallbearer names, and hobbies.
5. Woodruff County Monitor
a. Prints a free obituary.
b. Deadline is 10:00 a.m. Monday for publication on Wednesday.