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Little & Sons Funeral Home

1301 Main Street
Beech Grove, IN 46107
(317) 786-1476
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1301 Main Street
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'No money to die': Burying the poor and unclaimed - Muncie Star Press

Monday, June 19, 2017

It's a depressed area," Cox said. "People have no money to live and they have no money to die."Buried at taxpayer expenseThere's a section of Beech Grove Cemetery, the city-owned final resting place for thousands of people, where people are buried at taxpayer expense by the trustee's office. Some of the graves have markers and tombstones like those you would see in every section of the historic cemetery. Some are unmarked and some have been commemorated over the years by homemade wooden crosses with the hand-lettered names of the deceased.Buy PhotoGravesites at Beech Grove Cemetery Tuesday afternoon.  (Photo: Jordan Kartholl / The Star Press)The graves for the indigent are located not far from the grand tombstones and marble crypts of some of the city's founding families. But they are miles apart when measured in the cost of their final disposition. A typical modern funeral can cost $5,000 or more, Walker said, but the indigent burials cost about $2,000, including $1,000 for preparation of remains, coffin and service, $750 for the cemetery and around $250 for a headstone.Most of the burials for the indigent in recent decades have been done through the Center Township trustee's office. When someone dies without insurance or funds to cover burial costs and their family members can't or won't pay for burial, the trustee's office works with family members to provide a basic service and burial.In the past year, the indigent burial service changed from one held at a local mortuary to graveside services as a cost-saving measure."Meeks and Parson (Mortuary) are very good to us," Walker said. "They treat them just like they would treat you and I, with a coffin and sign-in book and service." Remains are often, but not always, cremated.The trustee's office approves or denies burial assistance requests based on how much money is available from the deceased person's family, including the value of vehicles."I've never asked anybody to sell their TV or anything," Walker said. "If I get down and out and had to come to this office to ask for assistance, that's what we're here for. But I shouldn't have a boat parked in my yard (and get a taxpayer-funded burial)."The trustee's office performed 32 indigent burials in 2016 at a cost of about $52,000. As of mid-April, had performed 11 so far in 2017.Searching for survivorsThe Star Press tried to contact family members of people buried through the trustee's office, but Walker said families she asked about being interviewed didn't want to talk about the emotional and potentially embarrassing circumstance ...

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'No money to die': Burying the poor and unclaimed - Muncie Star Press

Monday, June 19, 2017

It's a depressed area," Cox said. "People have no money to live and they have no money to die."Buried at taxpayer expenseThere's a section of Beech Grove Cemetery, the city-owned final resting place for thousands of people, where people are buried at taxpayer expense by the trustee's office. Some of the graves have markers and tombstones like those you would see in every section of the historic cemetery. Some are unmarked and some have been commemorated over the years by homemade wooden crosses with the hand-lettered names of the deceased.Buy PhotoGravesites at Beech Grove Cemetery Tuesday afternoon.  (Photo: Jordan Kartholl / The Star Press)The graves for the indigent are located not far from the grand tombstones and marble crypts of some of the city's founding families. But they are miles apart when measured in the cost of their final disposition. A typical modern funeral can cost $5,000 or more, Walker said, but the indigent burials cost about $2,000, including $1,000 for preparation of remains, coffin and service, $750 for the cemetery and around $250 for a headstone.Most of the burials for the indigent in recent decades have been done through the Center Township trustee's office. When someone dies without insurance or funds to cover burial costs and their family members can't or won't pay for burial, the trustee's office works with family members to provide a basic service and burial.In the past year, the indigent burial service changed from one held at a local mortuary to graveside services as a cost-saving measure."Meeks and Parson (Mortuary) are very good to us," Walker said. "They treat them just like they would treat you and I, with a coffin and sign-in book and service." Remains are often, but not always, cremated.The trustee's office approves or denies burial assistance requests based on how much money is available from the deceased person's family, including the value of vehicles."I've never asked anybody to sell their TV or anything," Walker said. "If I get down and out and had to come to this office to ask for assistance, that's what we're here for. But I shouldn't have a boat parked in my yard (and get a taxpayer-funded burial)."The trustee's office performed 32 indigent burials in 2016 at a cost of about $52,000. As of mid-April, had performed 11 so far in 2017.Searching for survivorsThe Star Press tried to contact family members of people buried through the trustee's office, but Walker said families she asked about being interviewed didn't want to talk about the emotional and potentially embarrassing circumstance ...