Preparing to Write an obituary

Research has found that preparing to write an obituary can often prove to be therapeutic, not only for the individual, but for the family as well. By drafting the obituary in advance, the family can often begin to come to terms with the pending death and help begin to process the emotions that will ensue.

It can also be a sense of pride for the individual and their family to look back on the accomplishments of a life. Too often, obituaries are drafted by family members hastily in an effort to finalize all the arrangements. Although they have good intentions, the obituaries read as generic recaps of life, blending in with all the others appearing in the newspaper. Many times, the family leaves this task to the funeral director, who may never have known the individual and only had sketchy biographical information to go on.

Everyone's life story, no matter how seemingly simple, is worth telling. We find that families who initially think there is not much to say are surprised to see how much there is to tell about their loved one if given time to think about it. An obituary need not be overly long or verbose to be meaningful.

For those who wish to write their own obituaries and paid death notices, click on the following link: Guide to writing an obituary

The following are e-mail addresses for obituary departments of all daily New Hampshire newspapers along with the telephone number. We have also included e-mail addresses of several weekly papers and out of state newspapers as well. Once you submit an obituary, it is important to contact the newspaper to confirm receipt and make arrangements for payment. 

 New Hampshire Daily Newspapers 

Claremont Eagle Times: 603-543-3100
Concord Monitor: 603-224-5301
Fosters Daily Democrat: 603-516-2984
Keene Sentinel: 603-352-1234
Laconia Citizen: 603-524-3800
Nashua Telegraph: 603-594-6550
Portsmouth Herald: 603-436-1800
Union Leader: 603-668-4321
Valley News: 603-298-8711


 New Hampshire Weekly Newspapers 

Bedford Bulletin: 603-472-6500
Bedford Journal: 603-594-6550
Berlin Daily Sun: 603-752-5858
Berlin Reporter: 603-752-1200
Carriage Town News: obituary link 603-642-4499
Carroll County Independent: 603-569-3126
Connecticut Valley Spectator: 603-298-7755
Coos County Democrat: 603-788-4939
Derry News: 603-437-7000
Exeter Newsletter: 603-436-1800
Granite State News: 603-569-3126
Hampton Union: 603-436-1800
Hillsboro Messenger: 603-464-5588
Hollis/Brookline Journal: 603-594-6550
Hooksett Banner: 603-472-6500
Hudson/Litchfield News: 603-880-1516
Intertown Record: 603-927-4028
Laconia Daily Sun: 603-527-9299
Littleton Courier: 603-444-3927
Meredith News: 603-279-4516
Milford Cabinet: 603-673-3100
Monadnock Ledger: 603-924-7172
Pelham/Windham News: 603-880-1516
Peterborough Transcript: 603-924-7172
Record Enterprise: 603-536-1311
Rochester Times: 603-332-2300
Salem Observer: 603-472-6500
Suncook Valley Sun: 603-435-6291
Conway Daily Sun: 603-356-3456
Gilford Steamer: 603-279-4516
Goffstown News: 603-472-6500
Plymouth Record: 603-279-4516
Salem Community Patriot: 603-880-1516
Winnisquam Echo: 603-279-4516


 Monthly Papers 

Amherst Citizen: 603-672-9444
Hollis Times: 603-465-2051


 Selected Out-of-State Daily Newspapers 

Boston Globe (MA): create your notice 617-929-1500
Caledonian Record (VT): 802-748-8121
Lawrence Eagle Tribute (MA): submit obituary here 800-681-6248
Lowell Sun (MA): 978-458-7100
New York Times: 800-238-4637
Portland (ME) Press Herald: 800-779-0554


If you would like us to submit an obituary, you may email it to us at . Please specify which New Hampshire newspapers you would like us to submit the obituary to. Keep in mind that the editors of each paper have the final say as to when an obituary will run and how it will be worded. Charges for obituaries submitted will appear on your final statement of goods and services selected.


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