How to Stop Junk Mail for a Deceased Person

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How to Stop Junk Mail for a Deceased Person
Eliminate junk mail addressed to a deceased relative. (bin full of paper trash studio isolated image by dinostock from

After you lose a family member, the daily mail can be a constant reminder of the loss. When junk mail continues to arrive in the mailbox addressed to your deceased relative, you can stop it with a simple directive. Submit an electronic form to register your deceased relative's name with the Direct Marketing Association. You should notice the volume of junk mail decrease within three months after you submit the information.

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  1. 1

    Visit the DMA Choice website (see Resources) to fill out the online form. The sooner you submit the form, the sooner you should stop receiving the junk mail.

  2. 2

    Fill in the blank fields of the form with information about the deceased, including name, address, telephone numbers, e-mail address and date of death. Fill in your own personal information, including name, e-mail address and your relationship to the deceased.

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    Submit the form. Check for a confirmation e-mail to ensure receipt of the form.

Tips and warnings

  • The DMA adds the deceased person's name to a list that updates monthly. This list goes out to marketing companies, and these companies must remove the deceased's name from their mailing lists.

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