SINCE I OPENED the topic of obits display a couple weeks ago, I’ve received some notes on how others handle them.
From Ken Waddell, publisher of the Neepawa Banner:
“For years, perhaps since we started the Neepawa Banner in 1989, we have made our obits 2 column with a box around them. The survivors seem to appreciate it as the obit fits well in the Bible or a scrapbook.”
An example from one of Ken’s pages is above.
The illustration below is an example I set up that reflects this comment from Stu Neilson, managing editor at the Town Crier of Wilmington/Tewksbury MA:
“Noticed a flaw/Tums burner in each of those obits. Once the family has clipped the obit and tucked it away, the year is gone. When did great uncle Charles die? October 20. But was that 2015 or 2025??? Also, I do mine in two even sticks, so they will more likely fit in the Bible without folding.”
Good points. Thanks to both Ken and Stu.
Again, let’s remember the people we’re really serving with obits: The survivors of those listed in the obits.
Let’s put their needs first.