Due to financial struggles, many news organizations are reducing the number of printed newspapers circulating daily. The Cleveland Plain Dealer recently announced it will only deliver its newspaper three times a week as it, like many other news organizations, shifts towards more digital content. However, this change may not necessarily be a bad thing for funeral homes and others, as it could lead to an increase in the number of obituaries people have access to.
Traditional printed newspapers have limited space for obituaries, but with media organizations focusing on digital platforms, the amount of space for these notices has become unlimited. More obituaries are being published and updated on newspaper websites than ever before. Readers can easily search for those who have passed away, find funeral home arrangements, and even share the story on social media sites. They can also add their own photos and condolences to the stories through comments and guestbook sections.
This digital shift has opened up the possibility of other websites taking over the newspaper’s dominance in this category. Funeral homes could choose to operate a section of their website to publish obituaries of those whose funerals are being held there. Regardless of the direction obituaries take, it is exciting to see how they will develop and take shape in the new age of digital and social media. The transition may be challenging for some, but it ultimately presents an opportunity for more personalized and accessible obituaries.