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Obituary Guidlines



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As the paper of record for Midsdlesex County and the surrounding lower area, it is our mission to report important events in our community. The accumulation of items published in our paper results in the creation of a weekly mini-history book, and the facts reported each week become a valuable resource for historic researchers.

Obituaries are certainly one of the most important things we publish. Thus, we continue to seek and print basic obituary information for all families in our circulation area. We consider such obituaries traditional news items. If the deceased was born, lived, died or was buried in the Middle Peninsula or Northern Neck of Virginia, their basic obituary will be published free in our paper.

Basic Obituary – includes the name, residence, age, date of death, occupation, church affiliation, post-secondary education and honors, military service, civic organizations and honors, immediate relatives-living or deceased-(spouse, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, parent, grandparent, steprelatives and adopted children), date and place of visitation, funeral and burial, and memorial contributions. Special friends, pets, uncles, aunts, in-laws, nieces, nephews, etc. will not be used in a free obituary.

Paid Obituary - $9.50 per column inch for obituaries that go beyond the basic format listed above. These guidelines will be strictly observed since one small variation in one instance could lead to much confusion when other variations are requested. A single variation from the basic obituary will trigger the fee, determined by measuring from the beginning of the obituary to the end, including the photo you may opt to use.

Submit all obituaries and photos to editor@SSentinel.com as soon as the funeral arrangements are complete. To make other arrangements, call 804-758-2328. Please send a typed or neatly handwritten obituary in paragraph form. We do not prepare obituaries from programs, flyers or news articles. The weekly deadline for publication is noon Tuesday.

The Southside Sentinel reserves the right to refuse publication of material that is offensive or libelous. The paper further reserves the right to edit any information provided in order to correct grammar and spelling and maintain the style adopted for the obituary pages.