Obituary policy


Obituary Policy of The Garden City Telegram

 Basic obituaries will be published free of charge, providing there is an obvious connection to our

subscriber area. Clients who want to share more than the basic details in an obituary may do so for a

nominal price, as outlined below.

The following information constitutes a basic obituary and will be published free of charge:

  Name, age, residence of deceased, date and place of death (would include former residence if the former

 is the deceased person's connection to our coverage area)

  Date and place of birth and parents' names, including mother's maiden name

  Basic military service

  Primary or most recent occupation

  Date and place of marriage(s) and spouse's name, including wife's maiden name

  Surviving spouse or significant other and immediate family members defined as children, stepchildren,

 siblings (including step and half siblings), adopted or foster children, parents and grandparents

  Preceded in death would include spouse, siblings, children and parents

  Funeral service time, date and place; place of burial; visitation times; rosaries; prayer services,

 memorials and name of funeral home, etc.

  Half-column photograph

Obituaries also could include the following information for a flat $10 per category:


  Military honors, years of service and battles fought

  Hobbies and pastimes


  Residential history

  Education history

  Occupational history, other than primary or most recent listed in free obituary

  Additional survivors not included in the free obituary

  Preceded in death not included in free obituary

  Officiant at funeral service, graveside service, use of color guards, military rites, etc.

Other terms of our obituary policy:

  Paid obituaries will be billed to the funeral homes. Those funeral homes outside of our area that don't

 have accounts with The Telegram will be expected to pay in advance of publication with a credit card.

  Custom obituaries, those in which the families request that obituaries are published word-for-word

 without any style changes or editing, would continue to cost $11.10 per column inch. These obituaries

 may be sent via e-mail to to ensure they are precisely as the client requests.

  The Telegram will re-print obituaries if there is a mistake or omission. If the mistake/omission is the

 newspaper's fault, the re-print is free. If the mistake/omission is the fault of the funeral home or family,

 the cost is $5.55 per column inch, which is half price of a custom obituary.

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie at (620) 275-8500 or e-mail