Obit reruns are paid for in full

While reading the obits, I notice there are many daily repeats. Since the Mail Tribune began charging for larger obits, are the people submitting them being charged numerous times?

— Sharon D., Medford

When it comes to dollars and cents, we at the Since You Asked Global Headquarters lean heavily on outside help. In this case, however, we only had to venture downstairs.

Shelli Lundgren, the Mail Tribune's advertising sales manager, tells us customers submitting obituaries multiple times pay for each issue in which they appear. There is no special rate for multiple entries, but obituary rates are the same as for civic nonprofit advertising.

Death notices, the shorter announcements interspersed with the long obituaries, are limited to name, age, where the deceased person is from, when and where they passed away, and the funeral home in charge of arrangements.

"Once anything is added to that," Lundgren says, "it becomes an actual obituary."

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