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Residents concerned over choice to charge for obituaries

Editor's Note: As word continues to circulate about a local print newspaper's decision to charge the bereaved for obituary placement in their publication, people are voicing their concerns. The same editorial was published in our Whitley News Network partners, the Tribune-News in South Whitley and the BuscoVoice.com in Churubusco as well. Here is a reader's comment from BuscoVoice.com...
For the record, we have been aware of this for some time now and want our readers to know we will remain committed to the concept that our departed citizens deserve to have their life celebrated and that their loved ones should not have to balance cost with the decision about what to details to abbreviate at a time of such sorrow. We at Talk of the Town will never charge for obituaries and encourage families to share as much information as they would like for inclusion on our memorial page -- including multiple color photos if they choose. After all, celebrating the lives of our citizens in their entirety is important for the living and for future generations who will turn to that information for research.


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Thank you for your concern pertaining to this important service to the community. Tributes, to those we love and have loved and to friends we have appreciated as well as heightening awareness of the relationships of those deceased, provide necessary comfort at the saddest of times. Sympathetic thoughts, words, and deeds emanate from such information available to the reader.

Thank you for this, Talk of the Town. I now live out of state and count on the obituary page to keep me in the loop every day. The personal and family info. that is currently printed is many times the only way that I realize the deceased is related to someone that I know. Your website is of such value to those of us who are no longer in the area, most especially the obituaries. Thank you for staying committed to the citizens you are reaching out to.

Now, if only we could get more info. on new babies and weddings....

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