The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander newspapers welcome the opportunity to help you officially inform residents of Hancock County, Maine about the passing of a relative or friend. We offer personal assistance in helping prepare a paid obituary for publication.

Just call us at (207) 667-2576, or stop by our office downtown in Ellsworth at 1 Printing House Square. Or, you can submit an obituary using one of the forms below.

The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander publish weekly. Obituaries submitted to either, or both, newspapers will appear in print and online.

Online Submission Options

Submit an Obituary

If you have an already composed obituary, you can submit it along with photos using our online form.

Obituary Writing Assistance

Our step-by-step Obituary Assistant guides you through the writing process and suggests information you might wish to include about your loved one. Our staff uses the information you provide to compose an obituary and provide a draft for your review.


Obituaries must be received and paid for by 9 a.m. on Wednesday in order to be included in The Ellsworth American‘s or the Mount Desert Islander‘s Thursday edition.

Obituaries are priced as follows:

  • $2.50 per newspaper column line and $20 per photo (The Ellsworth American)
  • $2.00 per newspaper column line and $20 per photo (Mount Desert Islander)
  • $3.50 per newspaper column line and $30 for a photo (for both papers)

A line is the width of a column as it appears in the newspaper, not how it appears on your computer screen. Once we receive your submission, we will contact you with the price before publishing the obituary.