Submitting an Obituary to Beyond the Dash
Beyond the Dash offers free online obituaries to families who have lost a loved one. Obituaries include a complimentary, unlimited guestbook, and stay online forever.
Obituary submission guidelines
1. Real, verified deaths.
Beyond the Dash is one of the few online obituary providers that verifies death for every obituary that is submitted. We do this to ensure trust from our customers, readers, and community that all stories represent real deaths of real people.
Beyond the Dash will verify each obituary in one of two ways:
- Contacting the funeral home that handled the arrangements, or
- Reviewing the death certificate
Submissions that cannot be verified, or that do not include verification details, will be rejected. We do not accept obituaries of notable, historical, or fictional figures. Obituaries for pets or other animals are also not accepted.
2. Quality life stories.
Beyond the Dash is committed to publishing quality obituaries. We encourage storytellers to submit stories that are inspiring, detailed, honest, civil, thoughtful, and candid. Though there is no minimum length requirement, obituaries that do not capture the life of the deceased may be returned for revisions. We reserve the right to edit submissions for spelling and grammar.
Beyond the Dash does not accept obituaries that include:
- Graphic images, sexual content, or depictions of death that are likely to upset visitors to Beyond the Dash.
- Slurs, hate speech, or excessive profanity.
- Unverified allegations of crimes.
- Disparaging remarks toward family members, funeral service providers or any living person.
- Stock images of people unrelated to the obituary.
3. Truth and honesty
Obituaries submitted to Beyond the Dash must reflect true stories in addition to real deaths. By submitting an obituary, you certify that the details are true.
Not all life stories are positive. Beyond the Dash accepts honest, and even brutally honest, obituaries. However, these stories must adhere to our submission guidelines, and may be subject to more stringent vetting requirements. Read the guidelines for submitting an honest obituary here.
Step 1: Create
Create and submit an obituary on Beyond the Dash.
Step 2. Wait
Wait 13 business days while we review the story and verify the death.
Step 3: Respond
We will contact you via email if there is a problem with your submission. Keep an eye on your email and respond to requests for any further information.
Step 4: Read and share
You will receive confirmation of approval once your loved one's story is published. Read their story, share memories in the guestbook, and share the obituary with family and friends.
Submit information and the obituary of your loved one using our self-guided form.
Beyond the Dash will verify the death, either by reviewing the death certificate or by contacting the funeral home.
This usually takes 1 3 business days, depending on how fast we can contact the funeral home.
Once approved, the obituary will be published on Beyond the Dash, and a notification email will be sent to you.
Don't forget to share your loved one's story with family and friends.
We're happy to help. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.