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TOPIC: Where is your local pauper's burial ground?

Where is your local pauper's burial ground? 21 Apr 2008 05:33 #20

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Hello fellow members.
What is your local pauper burial policy? Like many affiliates, we receive calls about local pauper burial plans or financial burial assistance. Some counties provide for a pauper's burial subsequent to the signing of a pauper's oath (don't ask me how a deceased person can sign one of those), and others cremation etc. We frequently receive calls from family members in other states about our local pauper burial resources. Does your county have such a plan, and if so, what is it?
Rob Gasparro, Esq.
Acting President- Geater Phila. FCA
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Re:Where is your local pauper's burial ground? 27 Apr 2008 16:39 #24

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The deceased doesn't sign the pauper's oath. His or her next-of-kin does.

Procedures vary depending upon the jurisdiction. In my state, each county handles its own indigent burial (or cremation) problem. Some counties simply make no provision whatsoever, leaving it up to the kindness of private citizens to take care of the problem. The typical heavily-populated county has a cemetery and pays a small amount to funeral homes that will handle these cases. In one such county, the county furnishes a grave and a simple marker (name only) in its cemeteyr. The grave-digging is done by inmates from the nearby county workhouse. The county furnishes a simple cloth-covered cardboard casket. No embalming or viewing is permitted, only a graveside committal service. No vault, either. The funeral home donates its services in removing and sheltering the body, casketing it and delivery to the cemetery. In another such county, the county pays the funeral home 275 dollars for the same type funeral, but the funeral home must furnish the casket., so it's about the same as the first.
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Re:Where is your local pauper's burial ground? 28 Apr 2008 09:39 #25

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Yes, each county handles it in a different manner and I am trying to collect a survey. Once we collect enough data, a reader who keys in a state and county under the search terms might save many phone calls trying to get that information. What state and county are you referring to in your post? In Philadelphia PA the medical examiner will hold an unclaimed body and post information on a web site. After a period of time the body is cremated and the medical examiner holds the ashes. Does your state define the term "next of kin" who has rights to a body in a statute? I was going to address that in a separate post after we collect information on this post.
Rob Gasparro, Esq.
Acting Pres- Greater Philadelphia Funeral Consumer Alliance
philafca.org
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Re:Where is your local pauper's burial ground? 25 Aug 2008 16:39 #118

I don't know where it is in Mercer County New Jersey, but the NJFDA says this "An indigent is someone who dies without assets and without family or friends to pay for their funeral. All counties in New Jersey are responsible to pay burial costs of indigent, unidentified or unclaimed deceased individuals who resided within their borders prior to death, regardless of the county where the death occurred. Each county sets its own indigent funeral reimbursement rate. The local medical examiner, hospital or nursing home social worker usually contacts the county’s burial coordinator to make arrangements for indigent burials."
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Re:Where is your local pauper's burial ground? 03 Jul 2009 21:03 #254

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Have you try to search on Google for the same information? I am sure you will find no. of results on it. There are lots of online funeral directory who provide the same information.
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Re:Where is your local pauper's burial ground? 05 Jul 2009 20:23 #255

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Ask me if you not found any appropriate results. I will provide you the name of directory from where you find the information on US and Canada local funeral homes.
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