Reader Marge asked on our recent Amish funeral customs post, “Why do Amish not publish obits in local newspapers?”

I responded that they do in fact appear in local papers. You can quite often find them online.

Here is an example: an Amish man named Roman E. Harshberger, 70, of the Nappanee, Indiana community, passed away earlier this week.

Roman’s details appeared online in the Elkhart Truth newspaper (which in turn showed up on my Google Alerts feed a couple of days ago).

Roman was to be buried in a local cemetery following a service yesterday, officiated by the bishop along with the “Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church”, as noted in the obituary.

Condolences to Roman’s family. He is survived by loved ones including his wife, seven children, and 24 grandchildren.

One of the most remarked-upon strengths of the Amish is the family. When else is family more appreciated than in the time of a loved one’s passing?

Amish funerals are typically attended by hundreds of people, who gather to mark the end of their fellow church member’s earthly life. Many Amish continue with the “living hope” of salvation.

In addition to my original answer, Al in KY helpfully added the following, about funerals, and obituaries published in Amish sources:

In accounts of Amish funerals in The Budget, I have sometimes read about such large crowds that the service needed to be held in three buildings/settings, with several different ministers conducting the services.

The Budget newspaper from Sugarcreek, Ohio, publishes many obituaries of Amish people. In the Local Edition, which has general community news of Holmes/Tuscarawas/Coshocton Counties, there usually are several obituaries of Amish and non-Amish. In the National Edition of The Budget, there are usually several obituaries of Amish (and Mennonite) people from settlements in various parts of the U. S. I also enjoy reading the “In Memoriams” section in The Budget where relatives send in poems in memory of deceased loved ones. Many of these poems are original, sharing specific memories of their loved ones in poetic form.

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