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Place an Obituary

How to place an obituary in Albany Times Union

TYPES OF NOTICES WE PUBLISH

We offer the following to be placed in our paper
• Obituary Notice
• Obituary Follow Up
• In Memoriam Notice
• Memorial Service Announcement
• Card of Thanks
• New in 2021; Celebration of Life

PROCESS

When you send us an email requesting for your notice to be printed in our paper, we will set it up in our system, then send you back a proof of what it will look like, along with a price quote. We will work with you at that time to make any necessary changes so that the look and price of the obituary are acceptable to you. The notice will not print unless it is paid for before the deadline for the date it is set to print. When working with you through email we will provide payment instructions once the notice is approved by you and you are ready to give payment.

Please note that we require prepayment for all notices submitted by either a private party or funeral home located outside the state of New York.

Please also note that we reserve the right to make changes to an obituary in accordance with AP Style.

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU

In the email you send to us requesting your obituary or notice be printed, we will need the following information:
1. Your name
2. Your phone number
3. Your address
4. The text for the notice
5. Any photo or photos you would like printed (we may process up to two photos*)
6. The name of the funeral home taking care of arrangements**
7. The phone number of the funeral home taking care of arrangements**
9. The date you would like to see the notice printed

*Please note, all photos are cropped to a portrait headshot of the decedent. We will not publish photos showing other people, pets, animals or objects. We cannot publish thumbnail images and we ask that you provide high resolution photos (minimum 170 dpi).
**Before we publish an obituary, we verify the passing of the decedent with a licensed party for our records. If you are not working with a funeral home, please be prepared to supply the name and number of the mortuary, crematorium, or medical donation program that you did work with. In the case that your loved one passed away in another country (outside of the United States), we require a scanned copy of the translated death certificate. Please note that if this information is not already contained in the text of your obituary, then it will not be printed, and will be kept private. The text and photo(s) you provide may either be attached to the email as separate files (we prefer Word Documents for the text and .jpeg for the photo) or may be contained in the body of the email.

PRICING

If you would just like a price quote of your notice, and aren't set on printing with us quite yet, please email us the text to [email protected] along with your name, phone number and mailing address. Let us know that you are only looking for a quote and mention whether you think you'll be including a photo, and how many days you're thinking of printing the obituary. We will be able to provide you an exact price quote for what you give us.

OFFICE HOURS AND DEADLINES

You may contact the obituaries department from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday or 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Saturday with any questions about this process. We are closed on Sundays (effective July 2019). For publication in Tuesday through Saturday’s editions, our deadline for text is 4 p.m. for the next day’s issue (5 p.m. if you're submitting the notice as a funeral director). If you wish to include a photo, the deadline is 4 p.m. The deadline for publishing a notice in Monday’s edition is 4 p.m. (5 p.m. if you're submitting the notice as a funeral director) the prior Saturday for text and 4 p.m. if you wish to include a photo and/or if you’re not a funeral director.
***Holidays may affect these deadlines. We may also be working remotely from our office. Please contact the email address or the number below with any questions.

CONTACT
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 518-454-5085
***Personalize your loved one’s obituary by adding one of our symbols. Click here to view the full color selection.
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