February 21, 2013 

DOWNLOAD this information in a PDF BROCHURE.

STANDARD RATES

Let friends and family know of a loved one’s passing. Have their dignity preserved with this no frills obituary. Perfect for announcing arrangements for memorial services.

Rates:
First Inch: $35.00
Additional Inches: $35.00 Per Inch
Photos: $10.00

BASIC PACKAGE

A convenient, all-inclusive obituary package that will let all the friends remember the deceased in a manner reflective of his or her personality, and provides the space needed to tell their story. 6 inches includes photo and/or symbol.

Rates:
One Photo • All for: $198 Additional Inches: $33.00 Per Inch
Run your listing a second day for 50% OFF

DELUXE PACKAGE

An upgrade to our popular package, the Deluxe Package provides an all-inclusive obituary package that will let all the friends remember the deceased in a manner reflective of his or her personality, and provides additional space perfect for prominent citizens, captains of industry, large families and those who have a story to tell. 12 inches includes photo and/or symbol.

Rates:
One Photo • All for: $372 Additional Inches: $31.00 Per Inch
Run your listing a second day for 50% OFF

PREMIER PACKAGE

Remember your loved one with individual style with your own 2x10 or 20 column inch announcement. Place multiple photos, and/or symbol into 20 column inches.

Rates:
Multiple Photos • All for: $580 Additional Inches: $29.00 Per Inch
Run your listing a second day for 50% OFF

Deadline for text and photos: Monday-Sunday 4 p.m. Funeral home codes or confirmation of death will be required. Your funeral home can assist you with details. Obituaries may be edited for style and policy. Information, along with your name and address and phone number, may be e-mailed, faxed or delivered to the Obituary Desk at our offices:

The State Newspaper
1401 Shop Road
Columbia, SC 29201

All information, including corrections, must be faxed.

To place an in memory ad call (803) 771-8452.

To place an obituary ad or for more information, please call (803) 771-8452, fax (803) 771-8611, or e-mail to: stateobits@thestate.com.

Advertising Standards/Policy

The obituary department, as part of the advertising department, reserves the right to censor, revise, edit or reject any obituary. In the event of an error by The State, our sole liability is to give full credit. The State will not run any obituary without proof of death provided by a funeral home, cremation society or other institution which meets our standards. All obituaries may be edited for style and policy. You may contact the department with any questions by calling 803-771-8452, faxing to 803-771-8611 or e-mailing to stateobits@thestate.com. All information, including corrections, must be faxed even if e-mailed. Office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. M-F, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Sat & Sun.

Deadlines for the obituary department are as follows:

All obituaries: 4 p.m. every day.

Photos and Symbols: 4 p.m. every day.

The State holiday deadline is 3 p.m.

The State is not responsible for changes requested after deadline.

Guidelines

Notices may include deceased's name, age, address, day of death, visitation plans, funeral home in charge. No spouses, profession, or background information of any kind will be included. We will include parents’ names for an infant.

Rites may include deceased's name, age, address, time, place and type of services, place of burial, time of viewing, and funeral home in charge. We do not include memorial contributions, ministers officiating or visitation. Rites run the day of services. We will include parents’ names for an infant.

The headline consists of the deceased's name, which may include maiden name and/or nickname. The titles Dr., The Rev. and military titles can be added. Please indicate name preference.

The dateline is the city in which the deceased lived at the time of death. The only exception is when the deceased lived in a retirement home (or some comparable place) for a relatively short time. In that case, please note if the dateline should be somewhere other than the city of residence.

The front page of the Metro includes a listing of deaths, which includes where the deceased resided at the time of death. The deathlist includes two names only, usually first and last. If the deceased was known by another name, this may be used. (Please indicate the name to be used if different from the first name.)

Please be advised that, when requesting donations, memorials may not be made to the family or individual, but to an institution of some type, only.

Obituary Pricing

The first inch is published for $35, including the headline. Each additional inch will be billed at the obituary rate as set forth in our package pricing. Photographs may be added to a standard obituary for an additional $10 charge. These must be brought or emailed to the department no later than 4 p.m. They may be in color or black-and-white, but be advised that the obituary page is always black and white. Photos will be scanned at the size of 1.778 inches wide x 2.75 inches high. Symbols may be added to an obituary, and may be chosen from our symbol library. Be advised that symbols will displace text, causing the obituary length to increase.

Reruns

Second day obituaries, rerun by funeral home or family request qualify for a 50% off discount if the copy remains within an inch of the original. Requests for corrections and/or changes must be in writing and faxed with changes clearly marked in the obituary copy.

Billing

In-state funeral homes may be billed. The State Media Company does not bill individuals/family members. Out-of-state funeral homes must pre-pay unless an account has been pre-approved by our credit department. We do not accept American Express credit cards.