26 February 2014

Forgotten Ashes -- no one should be forgotten and homeless after death



It’s always nice to read about efforts to help those who are deceased to finally go “home.”

A recent article National Database Launched to Identify Unclaimed Cremated Remains brought to my attention the issue that “every year, thousands of cremated remains go unclaimed for a variety of reasons at funeral homes, cremation providers and local and state agencies across the country.”

To try and connected these unclaimed remains with family, a new website Forgotten Ashes has been launched by Michael Neal, a PA funeral director. Currently the majority of entries are related to the Oregon State Hospital with some PA entries also.  “Anyone can log on to view the registry, and cremation providers may apply for online privileges to upload information related to their own unclaimed inventory at absolutely no cost.”

Let’s bring our genealogical skills to help these funeral directors connect these forgotten deceased family members with their now living relatives.





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