To publish an obituary in the Express we ask you to first write your obituary, estimate its wordcount, pay for the space and finally submit your obituary text and optional photo for inclusion into the next Express via our online form. You're welcome to write it as long as you'd like. The cost is $50 per 250 words (an average of about 20 cents per word). Photos are free and encouraged. Veterans receive a special American flag visual designation.