Traditionally when a loved one passes away, there are family members and friends who will step forward to care for the deceased and look after his or her funeral service. However, on a rare occasion some people will die alone, the body will be placed in the morgue and it will be the responsibility of the Medical Examiner to hold the remains and eventually decide what to do.
After several weeks and the remains is still not claimed, an application to the Supreme Court can be made to have the Public Trustee appointed to look after the deceased’s estate and funeral service. The Public Trustee will then contact a local funeral home.
Recently when contacted by the Public Trustee, there was very little information available about the deceased other than a name and address. But thanks to a familiar last name common to a specific community served by the Funeral Home and the resourcefulness of a parish priest the burial site of the deceased’s father was located.
Following cremation a short funeral notice was placed in the weekend edition of the local paper informing the community of the deceased’s recent death and the location of a graveside committal service where the deceased’s urn would be placed with the father.
The small notice caught the eye of family members who had simply lost contact with the deceased for many years but were very grateful to learn of the burial plans for their loved one. The importance of even a simple graveside prayer service cannot be overstated. It brings family members together to reflect on their past while paying tribute to their loved one even after several years of not knowing where they had gone. It also allows them to grieve their loss and keep their loved one in their hearts forever.
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