|For more information on submitting an obituary, please contact the Decatur Herald & Review by phone at 217-421-7969 or 800-453-3639, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax at 217-421-7965.
TYPES: The Herald & Review publishes the following types of obituaries:
Free death notices including date of death and service arrangements.
Basic obituaries are published for a flat fee of $30 or $50 with a photo . There are limits on the amount of information included in basic obituaries.
Expanded obituaries, which include additional information desired by the family of the deceased, are published for $11 per column inch plus a flat fee of $10.
Custom obituaries, which are printed exactly as submitted, cost the same as expanded obituaries but must be e-mailed to email@example.com.
REQUIREMENTS: We will accept obituaries submitted by family members; however, those obituaries will not be published until we can speak to the funeral home handling the arrangements. Absolutely no obituary will be published without confirmation from an official source.
DEADLINE: Paid obituaries must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. for next-day publication, and free notices must be received no later than 5 p.m. On Fridays, the deadline is 1 p.m. for all obituaries.
PHOTOS: Photos can be submitted with custom and expanded obituaries. Submitted photos may be any size, as long the individualís face is at least 3/4 inch in width. Digital photos must be saved as a JPEG. If a photo is out of focus, fuzzy, or of inferior quality, it will not be published. Only head and shoulder shots of the deceased will be used. We will run up to two photos with an obituary if the family desires -- generally a younger photo and an older photo.
If photos are brought into our office, we advise you do not send proofs, framed photos or any photo that is irreplaceable. You may pick up your photo at the Herald & Review one week after it has been published or the funeral home may pick it up for you. Photos submitted by individuals will be kept for three months. Submitted photos will not be returned unless they are accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
HOURS: The obituary desk is open from 12:30 to 5 p.m. daily except on Friday, when the hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
CALL: (217) 421-7969 or 1-800-453-3639. The news room fax number is (217) 421-7965. The Herald & Review will provide 10 copies of the newspaper for each paid obituary. Those copies can be picked up at the Herald & Review office, 601 E. William St., Decatur.