Obituary Submission Guidelines

Sunday, June 24, 2007 3:34 PM

Please review our obituary submission guidelines before submitting obituary information for consideration.

We will write about anyone, regardless of status, who has lived in the Washington area for a substantial part of their life, typically about 20 years. But the person has to have had some involvement in the community outside the family, such as a church membership or job.

We tend not to write about elderly people who have come here at the end of their lives and aren't able to participate in the community.

If you have inquiries concerning news obituaries (the biographic articles written by The Post) please call News Obituaries at 202-334-7389 or e-mail If you fax information to News Obituaries at 202-334-6553, please call the section after you have faxed your material.

We will not be able to publish news obituaries more than a month after death, so we must receive your submission within that timeframe.

Please include the following information when submitting a news obituary:

We do not include funeral or memorial information, and we can't promise that an obit will run on a specific day. We do need the name of the funeral home. We don't publish it but need to be able to confirm the death.

To submit a news obituary, call News obituaries at 202-334-7389, fax the obituary information to 202-334-6553 or email the information to

In the case of faxed or emailed obituary information, someone who can answer detailed questions about the deceased must call us afterward, at (202) 334-6477. We're open every day of the year. Best time to call is between 10:30 and 5:00.

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