Obituary Submissions

Obituaries and payments should be made through funeral homes and cremation service providers, which will make the submission through If a family is not using a funeral home, such as when the remains are donated to science, or for other exceptional circumstances, please call 603-206-1503 for assistance.

Obituary Policy

Obituary and death notice submissions are accepted only from funeral homes through our online portal located at This service is provided to funeral homes at no cost. Funeral directors can register at, price obituary packages from several options, and see a rough preview. All obituary submissions should be made on through a qualified funeral home.


The obituary deadline is 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday for the Union Leader and 3 p.m. on Saturday for the Sunday News. Note: The Saturday edition of the New Hampshire Union Leader is not distributed statewide. For statewide distribution, obituaries should be submitted for publication on days other than Saturday.

Obituary Cost

We offer several packages, from basic obituaries published at no cost up to a full-column photo package. Free obituaries are limited to 70 words and should include basic information such as dates of birth and death, place of birth, parents’ names, schooling, military service and career, plus close relatives. They cannot contain mention of services, funeral home information or any weblinks. Your funeral home can help you with details.

All obituaries are published in the print edition of the New Hampshire Union Leader or New Hampshire Sunday news, as well as online on

Obituary Package Options:

Death Notice: A short notice announcing the death and containing basic biographical information. Cost: Free

Basic obituary (70 words, text only): A paid text obituary with room for more information and memorial information, starting at $90. Additional text and headshot photo(s) may be added for an additional fee.

Standard obituary (100 words with small headshot photo): Includes a headshot or portrait of the deceased, to appear in the obituary along with more text, starting at $185. Additional text and another photo may be added for an additional fee.

Premium obituary (200 words with 1 full-column photo): Includes a large, full column photo of the deceased above the obituary text, starting at $300. Additional text and another photo may be added for an additional fee.

Second day notices: When placing an obituary the option is available to select an additional print day to run the obituary for a discounted fee.

In Memoriam: When placing an obituary the option for a small In Memoriam notice can be selected to be placed on the anniversary of death for a small fee.

We reserve the right to edit for accuracy and adherence to newspaper standards.

Additional Items

United States flags are available at no cost for obituaries of veterans. Other icons for religious affiliation, social groups, and interests may also be added for a small fee.

"NH Deaths" listings

The daily and weekly "NH Deaths" listings include the following information: name (with maiden name in parentheses if available), age, address, date of death. There is no charge for this listing.


For obituary questions, contact our obituary editor at 603-206-1503 daily after 3 p.m. 7 days a week. Or e-mail to

For funeral homes that need technical assistance with, please contact customer service at 877-705-4995 or during these hours: Monday-Friday, 10 AM-8 PM; Saturday, 10AM-6PM; and Sunday, 10AM-6PM Memoriams holiday hours may vary. Check the website for more information.

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