The King County Medical Examiner’s Office 2019 Indigent Burial Ceremony will be held Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 1:00 pm. 302 individuals will be remembered at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 100 Blaine Avenue NE, in Renton. The public is invited to the ceremony, which will include burial rites, prayers from clergy, a memorial plaque and memories shared by friends.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office Indigent Remains program provides cremation and a proper burial for individuals who are indigent and who have died in King County. This program serves people whose families either could not be located or could not provide for the proper disposition of remains.
Decedents in the program are cremated, and then stored in a secure location at the King County Medical Examiner’s Office until a ceremony and burial are held, typically every two years. The decedents are buried in individual containers in shared plots, and records are kept for each one so that they may be recovered at a later point in time if a family member requests.
The King County Indigent Remains program provides funding for cremation for individuals who are indigent and who have died in King County. Eligibility for this program is made after a next-of-kin search, notification and a thorough review of personal finances. This process normally takes at least 21 days.