Tips for writing an obituary

Do not feel obliged to include cause of death. While acquaintances who first learn of a person’s death via an obituary may be curious about cause of death, loved ones of the deceased do not have to include such information if they are uncomfortable doing so. Many obituaries never include such information, so readers likely won’t expect it. Those who are comfortable including such information in the obituary may find it helps them avoid having to answer numerous inquiries about the loved one’s demise at the ensuing visitation and funeral services.

Include some biographical information. Obituaries are typically more than simple announcements of death. Some simple biological information can shed light on who the deceased was and his or her personal and professional accomplishments. Avoid getting too detailed, as newspapers may not accept obituaries that are very lengthy. But biographical information like full name, place of birth, family (i.e., spouse, children, grandchildren, etc.), military service, place of employment, charity work, and hobbies can give readers an accurate idea of the life your loved one lived.

Include donation information. Well-wishers who read the obituary may want to send flowers or make donations to express their condolences. Include the family preference regarding flowers or donations in the obituary. When requesting donations be made to the deceased’s favorite charity, include the charity’s full name and contact information or a website in the obituary.

Include visitation and funeral information. Be sure to include the day, location and visitation hours for viewings. If the funeral will be public, include the day and time of the funeral as well.

Have the obituary ready one to two days before the services are scheduled. Publishing the obituary a couple of days in advance of visitation hours gives loved ones of the deceased time to arrange to visit and pay their respects.

Cibola Citizen Obituary rates

$50 for the first 400 words .25 for each word exceeding 400. $10 for photo

$64.88 with tax if obit has photo and is 400 words or less. Deadline for submissions is Tuesdays at noon.

The Cibola Citizen will reformat obituaries to meet the standards of the newspaper.

Please include: Name and phone number for billing reasons. The Cibola Citizen accepts cash, check or credit/debit cards as forms of payment.

Please email obituary and photo to

Cibola Citizen

200 W Santa Fe Ave.

Grants, NM 87020

(505) 287-3840

Mailing Address

PO Box 789

Grants, NM 87020