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  • Jessica Cejnar
    Crescent City Bureau Chief

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How do I submit an obituary?

Sorry for your loss.

The Lost Coast Outpost runs obituaries of Humboldt County residents at no charge. Email the obituary to news@lostcoastoutpost.com, and put “Obituary” in the subject line.

Note: The Outpost can only run obituaries of people who meet one or the other of the following criteria:

  • People who were living in Del Norte or Curry counties or immediately neighboring communities at the time of their passing.
  • Former area residents who will be interred here, and who will be having services here at a public place.

When should I submit my obituary?

Submit your obituary when you have all the information you want to run in it — dates and times of services, celebrations of life, etc. — and not before. We can only run an obituary once.

What should I include in the obituary?

This is important. We want to read about your friend or family member’s life, and we want other people to read it too. Here are some tips.

In the first place, we would like you to send a photo of the deceased. It doesn’t matter what age the person was when the photo was taken — just send the best photo you have, the one that best illustrates the person’s spirit. You can send the photo as a JPG or PNG or GIF or whatever — doesn’t matter — but it should be a reasonably high-resolution file.

Secondly: When you sit down to write your obituary, don’t skimp on the details. Tell us when and where she was born. Tell us some of the things she did growing up. Tell us about her work. Tell us about her accomplishments, the things she loved, the major milestones in her life. Give us some anecdotes — tell us one or two stories, the sorts of stories that family and friends will share while they are grieving.

Newspaper obituaries have a word limit. We do not. Don’t worry about that.

We think it is a nice tradition to name the people who have survived the deceased, and who preceded him in death, but it is not mandatory.

If you’d like old friends and acquaintances to know about any services or memorials that are coming up, please include those at the end of the obituary.

What other information do you need?

Two things: we need a name and phone number from the person who sends us the obituary, and we need to know the name of the funeral home that has handled the arrangements. We won’t publish those things if you don’t want us to. Just tack them on the top of the email.

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