The Washington Post has two ways of announcing a death: Death Notices and News Obituaries.
A paid Death Notice is a classified advertisement prepared by the family or funeral home. In most cases, the family may include any information it wishes in a Death Notice. It is important to note that a Death Notice is the only place in The Washington Post where information about funeral services, memorials, donations, surviving family members or personal remembrances can be listed. You may also request that a Death Notice run on a particular day or days. Costs vary according to the length and whether a photograph is desired. Death Notices can be placed by calling the Classified Advertising department at 202-334-4122 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A News Obituary is a brief biographical summary of the highlights of a person’s life and career and is written by the news staff of The Washington Post. In most cases, someone must have lived in the Washington metropolitan area for a minimum of 20 years and lived longer in in the D.C. area than anywhere else. For a News Obituary, a family member must provide information about the cause of death and other pertinent facts regarding the person’s career and community involvement. There is no charge for a News Obituary, but it does not include any information about funeral services, memorials or donations. In most cases, we are unable to include photographs or a list of family members or other survivors. We cannot guarantee what day a news obituary will run.
Information for a News Obituary should be sent to The Washington Post by e-mail (email@example.com) no later than 30 days after the date of death. An online form can be found here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/obituary-submission/. After submitting written material, a family representative should call the News Obituaries department at 202-334-6477.