How to Get an Obituary Published. An obituary announces a person's death and gives a brief description of his or her life. Obituaries also list when and where a funeral or service will take place.

Call the newspaper and ask for obituary prices. Most publications charge by the line or by the word.

Write the obituary.

Submit the obituary to the newspaper.

Prepay for the obituary if required.

If you prefer, ask your funeral home to make arrangements with the newspaper to submit the obituary and receive the bill.