Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Where do I submit an obituary or anniversary remembrance?
Online submissions are preferred. We also accept hard copy, faxes, or Microsoft Word, plain text or RTF files submitted via e-mail. When submitting handwritten copy, please print clearly. Spelling and legibility are the responsibility of the person submitting the information.
Fax: 503.221.8537 (Photos cannot be faxed.)
U.S. Mail: Paid Obituaries / The Oregonian Publishing Company 1320 S.W. Broadway, Portland, OR 97201
In person: Same address as above, go to the counter labeled Classified.
What hours are you open?
The Community Connections team works from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are closed Saturday, Sunday and major holidays.
When will my obituary publish?
There is a limited amount of space on our obituary page each day. Paid obituaries and anniversary remembrances publish on the date requested within deadline limits.
How much do paid obituaries and anniversary tributes cost?
$100 per inch. Minimum $50 charge. Minimum size is 1 column x 1 inch. You can estimate 30 words per inch. The heading is charged at approximately 1/2 inch and is not optional. Photos are sized at 1 1/2” wide by 2” high.
All paid obituaries also include online guest books and are published with the following text referring readers to the online feature:
"Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonLive.com/obits"
Who writes paid obituaries?
Paid obituaries are written and submitted to the newspaper by people closest to the person who has died. Families and friends write their own tribute the way they want it to read. We edit for spelling and grammar.
How do photos get published?
Photos are optional in paid obituaries and can be submitted in black and white or color. They may be uploaded directly using our self-publishing tool, mailed, e-mailed as attachments or hand-delivered.
Unless specified, all photos will be cropped electronically to our specifications. Photos that are physically delivered to the newspaper will be returned via mail following publication, or we can hold pictures for you to pick up in the lobby following publication.
- Photos submitted as e-mail attachments must be in a jpg or tif format, scanned at a minimum of 200 dpi.
- Name the photo file you submit using the name of the subject in the obituary.
- For the best reproduction, photos should be larger than two inches square.
- Please submit vertical oriented (profile) photos
- The higher the resolution, the better the reproduction
- Larger photos, with room at the top, bottom and sides, allow us to showcase a quality reproduction of your photo
- Smooth finishes work the best if printed photos are being submitted.
- Please do not ever cut or crop your photo.
When will my obituary publish on OregonLive.com?
OregonLive.com is the online home of The Oregonian. All obituaries published in the newspaper are republished online at obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon for 180 days. Paid Obituaries come with online guest books that allow friends and family from around the world to express condolences and share memories. Entries submitted to guest books are free and are posted only after being reviewed for appropriate content. Guest Books are attached to paid obituaries for 30 days and may be sponsored for one year or permanently. See www.legacy.com/oregon for details.
Are obituaries archived?
Yes, after 180 days on OregonLive.com obituaries published in The Oregonian may be accessed via www.obitsarchive.com
Tips on Writing a Paid Obituary