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Scattering Ashes at Sea of the Unclaimed

When you lose a loved one, it can be a devastating time. You can’t imagine not doing something to remember them. What happens to those that die, but have no friends or relatives to take care of their burial?

In Washington state, this has been a problem for people in Pierce County. Back in December, there were 23 individuals that did not have anyone to receive their remains.

Where Do the Remains Come From and Why Aren’t They Claimed?

It can seem crazy to think that an individual would die, but have no one to claim them. It is not as cut and dry as that. Some of the ashes were found in unusual areas. Some were found in homes, others on church steps, and others on the side of the road.

Finding the relatives or friends to claim the individual in those cases is next to impossible. Other times, the individual had no family that could be found.

In some cases, individuals were found dead and cremated. These instances made it difficult to locate next of kin. After some tracking down took place, the ashes that remained were left in the permanent care of the Medical Examiner’s Office

What Does the Medical Examiner’s Office Do With the Ashes?

The Medical Examiner’s Office does not have the space to store individuals indefinitely. This leaves them in a difficult spot. They count every set of human remains as people that need to be laid to rest.

A plan had to be put in place in order to scatter ashes at sea. Scattering the ashes verses storing them was a more dignified way of burial according to Clark, a representative from the examiner’s office.

Dianne Huffman and Her Husband Take on the Task

Once the decision was made to scatter ashes on Puget Sound, Dianne Huffman and her husband were prepared to do the task. They would have an escort while out to see from the Sheriff’s Department rescue boat.

You can check out the full story of the scattering of ashes here.

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