The Navajo-Hopi Observer offers two types of death notices: free notices with basic information and more complete paid obituaries. Information for death notices will only be accepted from an established funeral home via FAX to (928) 226-1115 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Obituaries placed by private parties and funeral homes must be paid in advance. Local funeral homes can be billed if they have an established account with the Navajo-Hopi Observer.
Without photo: $125.00
With photo: $155.00 up to 12 inches
Longer obituaries will be charged according to space used. Additional Words: $3.00 for each additional 30 words.
Death Notice (from mortuary): no charge
Photos will be kept at the news office for six months for pickup; after six months they will be destroyed.
1. Death Notices: Obituary Notices are published free of charge one time only under the heading "In Memory Of." Notices will be printed in lieu of a paid obituary announcement if requested. These brief notices provide basic streamlined information to include name of deceased; address (city only); age and date of birth; birthplace; date and place of death; and service/burial information only. No pictures are included in this free service. Obituary notices are presented on the same page as the larger paid obituary notices, and the information must be supplied directly from the funeral home.
2. Paid Obituaries: Paid Obituaries contain more details. Obituary announcements appear in the newspaper in a more traditional column format. These announcements can provide much more information than the free Obituary Notice, including a photo. Details can include, but are not limited to: name of deceased; address (city only); age and date of birth; birthplace; date and place of death; years resided in the area; profession or occupation; civic/professional/church affiliations and offices held; noteworthy achievements/contributions to community; survivors' names and immediate family (spouse, children, parents, brothers, sisters); number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; service/burial information and arrangements. Our editorial staff will generally not edit the material received from the funeral homes but may edit for spelling and appropriateness. Proofs are not provided. Obituary announcements will not publish until billing and funeral information has been received and verified. Rates are based on the word count and whether a photo is included. The basic rate for one issue is $45.00 without a photo or $65.00 with a photo. The basic size is for 360 words (12 inches). Additional words are charged at $3.00 for every 30 additional words per day.
You may include a photo. The photo can be retrieved from the Navajo-Hopi Observer after the announcement has appeared in the paper. Photos submitted by e-mail should be in JPEG format in at least 300 dpi. All obituaries are printed in black and white only.
A statement of who provided the information must be included at the end of all obituary announcements along with contact information (daytime phone number and/or e-mail address). For additional information, contact the editorial department of the Navajo-Hopi Observer at (928) 226-9696, ext. 3609 or 3507, Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. Please note the Navajo-Hopi Observer will only run death notices and/or obituaries if the death occurred within the past three months. Any deaths prior to that will have to be covered in a paid advertisement through the Advertising Department.