Place An Obit
Effective October 1, 2012. Rates subject to change.
This obituary is seven lines. It begins with the name of the deceased, followed by age, where he resided, date of death, survivors and the name of the funeral home.
Obituaries are published daily in the main news section of The Tampa Tribune. Many funeral homes will help write and submit an obituary as part of their service. Obituaries cost $8.21 per line per day to publish in The Tampa Tribune. As a courtesy, we provide the first seven lines for free to private parties and established self-service patrons. Lines consist of approximately 25 characters, including spaces and punctuation. We offer a 50% discount for the second consecutive day run of obituaries publishing in Tampa Tribune, provided that the obituary is of the same or lesser value.
The format for obituaries is as follows: last name, first name, age (optional), where the deceased resided (can include more than one place), date of death, survivors and biographical info. This format is standard in all free and paid obituaries. The obituary may also include memorial service information, such as biographical information about the deceased, place, date and time of visitation and/or services, donation information, etc. The Tampa Tribune reserves the right to edit copy.
We accept obituaries from immediate family members or funeral homes only. New obituaries, cancellations and corrections for publication in the next day's edition are accepted 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Deadlines may vary for zone editions, holidays and inclement weather. Obituaries must be submitted by the deadline. Obituaries may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to (813) 259-7903 or dropped off at our downtown Tampa location prior to deadline; we do not take obituaries by phone. We also offer self-service obituary placement for funeral homes. If you are a funeral director and would like to establish a self-service account, please call 813-259-7958. For more information on placing obituaries, please contact The Tampa Tribune obituary coordinators at (813) 259-7958 or email@example.com.
This obituary totals 32 lines. To determine its cost, subtract seven from the total lines (first seven lines are free for private parties and self service patrons) and multiply 25 lines by $8.21 for a total of $205.25. Obituaries may appear on TBO.com for an additional charge. Online obituaries include a complimentary 30-day guestbook.
Photos of the deceased can be included in obituaries. The quality of reproduction when a photo appears in the newspaper will greatly depend on the quality of the photo provided. To ensure the best possible reproduction, a bright, clear, black and white, head-and-shoulders photo should be used. Avoid using group shots, as well as dark, grainy or Polaroid photos. Photos should be no larger than 2 MB and at least 300 dpi. Photos can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the name of the deceased on the subject line of the email. Photos may also be mailed to or dropped off at The Tampa Tribune's downtown location.
The only additional charge for photos is the extra space used. Photos generally add a minimum of nine lines to the obituary. If a photo is used, the obituary must be a minimum of 15 lines. Emblems and special characters can be added for $8.50 each and are placed at the top of the obituary. There is no minimum size for an obituary with an emblem. We offer a free American fl ag emblem for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.
What other services are available to me?
An in memoriam notice may be placed on the obituary page under an in memoriam heading for special occasions such as the birthday, wedding anniversary, death anniversary of the deceased or on holidays.
Card of Thanks
A card of thanks may be placed under a card of thanks heading on the obituary page.
A lodge notice may be placed under a lodge notice heading on the obituary page. Lodge notices usually are placed by the lodge secretary when a lodge member dies and may contain the Masonic, Elks Lodge, Knights of Columbus, Shriners or other emblem. To place an in memoriam, card of thanks or lodge notice, please contact the obituary department of The Tampa Tribune at (813) 259-7958, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
At your request, photos of the deceased or a special character can be included in your notice. In memoriams, cards of thanks and lodge notices are charged at $8.21 per line per day for Sunday. Charges for photos are the same as obituaries and special characters are $8.50 each.*
*Prices are subject to change.