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Funeral director says he will scatter ashes of more than 150 bodies which have gone unclaimed by families for up to 60 years

A funeral director today gave families a chance to collect the ashes of their loved ones – before the remains of more than 150 bodies are scattered on their behalf. Urns containing the remains of the many bodies have been stacking up over the years at William H Painter branches in Birmingham, West Midlands, as […]

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Forgotten ashes turn to dust

Funeral directors must keep all cremated remains indefinitely, with many dating as far back as the 1930s. Adrian Nelson, of Nelson Bros Funeral Services, said he would like to see a national register of unclaimed ashes so descendants could collect long-lost relatives. He said ashes that were not claimed after a certain period should be […]

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National Database Launched to Identify Unclaimed Cremated Remains

WASHINGTON, Pa. (Feb. 18, 2014) – 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. Attempting to fix that issue, Michael Neal, a funeral director in Washington, Pa., has launched a revolutionary website to help with the painstaking […]

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