Names are known, yet thousands of unclaimed remains stay in funeral homes

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  • alimay Riverton, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 1:43 a.m.

    "We've had people come back 15 years after (we put them in the crypt)." Wow.

  • grandmagreat Lake Havasu City, AZ
    Oct. 14, 2013 5:50 p.m.

    This story attracted my attention, since on of my 2nd Cousins found a box containting someone's ashes in a little family cemetary in the mountaines of southeastern Nevada. knowing that it belonged to some family, he did a lot of research, using the informatin that was in the ground next to the box. His story is remarkable, I cannot write it here, but he was successful and the family of the deceased drove from back east to Southern Utah to get their Father's remains. It is a great story, and set the example for all of us to be aware that we might help some family along the way, even though we do not have any idea how, when or where.

    Don't cemetaries have plots for the poor any more?

  • Bob Pomeroy Bisbee, AZ
    Oct. 14, 2013 5:03 p.m.

    please at least scatter your antecedents remains someplace where the sun shines and the winds blow.

  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    I agree, Snowman.
    Even a simple cremation can run over $1000.
    (My relative's was about $1500...with no services or burial...out of state. We had to take out a loan.)
    Sometimes people just don't have it, or choose not to spend the money to claim the remains.
    I don't think the person who died even cares. But it is still sad.
    I admire the mortuary owners who will keep the remains. just in case.

  • snowman Provo, UT
    Oct. 13, 2013 7:32 p.m.

    The reason for this is simple::: MONEY

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    Oct. 13, 2013 4:33 p.m.

    All the lonely people. Where do they all come from? Where do they all belong?

    Pretty sobering to think about.