Gravesite service performed for unclaimed remains from Sparrow

Published: Nov. 2, 2022 at 9:43 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2022 at 6:40 PM EDT
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LANSING TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WILX) - It was a dignified send-off for dozens of people without any family.

Men, women and children were laid to rest Wednesday in Lansing Township. Organizers said it’s a simple way to show respect for the unclaimed remains from Sparrow’s Forensic Pathology Unit.

A priest from the Catholic Diocese of Lansing performed a gravesite committal ceremony for 59 people at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum.

The All Souls’ Day event was organized by Sparrow Health and the Catholic Diocese. It happens every year on Nov. 2.

“Everybody deserves a dignified interment, burial, their memory to be preserved in a moment in time and to be laid to rest peacefully and deserve to be recognized for the life they lived,” said chief investigator Michelle Fox.

The Office of the Medical Examiner said they usually bury about 30-50 people every year.

None of the people buried Wednesday are veterans. There will be a separate ceremony at Fort Custer National Cemetery, near Kalamazoo, for unclaimed veterans.

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