I have worked for the Village News since January of 2003, but I never really thought about what a valuable service the newspaper provides with its obituary section.
Since I had two cousins die within a span of 48 hours I have been researching prices of obituaries in Northern as well as Southern California. What I found shocked me.
Most of the newspapers I contacted not only charged for obits, but charged an exorbitant amount. To me this is compounding the problem of someone who is already in a state of grief as well as financially stretched due to the high cost of funerals.
One large Southern California newspaper was going to charge me $317 for a one-day run of a 180-word obit without a photo. A large Northern California newspaper was going to charge me $250 a day for the same obit.
I am thankful, in these trying financial times, that the Fallbrook Village News runs complimentary obits and allows you to make that final tribute to your family member without stretching an already taxed budget.