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A note to readers about obituaries

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 16, 2002

The St. Petersburg Times wishes to remind its readers that it continues to publish obituaries free as a public service. There often is confusion over this because the Tampa Tribune charges for obituaries.

Also, families who have lost loved ones should be aware that some Hillsborough funeral homes do not send obituaries to the Times unless the families request they do so. Families should make sure that the obituary sent to the Times contains all of the information they have provided about their loved one, as funeral homes often omit details to reduce the cost of the obituary in the Tribune.

In addition to the basic facts of an obituary, the Times publishes place of birth, date of relocation to the Tampa area, occupations held, military service and awards, memberships, religious affiliations and church memberships, immediate family survivors including spouses or significant others, children, parents, siblings, and number of grandchildren. Photographs are published free of charge.

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