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(KPLC Lake Charles)   Unclaimed bodies piling up in morgue. What will they do? Remains to be seen   (kplctv.com) divider line 67
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2012-05-03 02:34:13 PM  
Maybe if the funeral business wasn't such a racket...

/Knows a few people who have specified they do not want their bodies claimed after they die.
 
Pud
2012-05-03 02:46:00 PM  
Feed the homeless. One solution that takes care of 2 problems at the same time.

t1.gstatic.com
 
2012-05-03 03:24:28 PM  
feed to alligators or sharks.
 
2012-05-03 03:24:40 PM  
fc02.deviantart.net
 
2012-05-03 03:26:13 PM  
Calcasieu Parish?

Surely somebody could use some gator chum.
 
2012-05-03 03:29:34 PM  
There's an anthony hopkins joke in there somewhere.
 
2012-05-03 03:31:00 PM  
Zombie roast?
 
2012-05-03 03:31:44 PM  
Recycled cardboard box on the side of the road, animals got to eat too
 
2012-05-03 03:35:13 PM  
If it didn't run easily into the multiple thousands of dollars - if there were still some dignity in interring someone instead of just a horrible inhumane cash grab of vulnerable people - then I'm sure this wouldn't be the case.
 
2012-05-03 03:35:36 PM  

AeAe: feed to alligators or sharks.


Just bring them a little south to the marshes in Cameron parish. Plenty of hungry gators there.

/from Cameron parish originally
 
2012-05-03 03:36:48 PM  
Don't they have medical schools in Louisiana?
 
2012-05-03 03:36:58 PM  
"Their remains sit silently as investigators work to bring them to a final resting place."

I thought they would be lying down. That creeps me out.
 
2012-05-03 03:37:34 PM  
Sign of the economic times - funeral homes getting stiffed.
 
2012-05-03 03:39:50 PM  

bim1154: AeAe: feed to alligators or sharks.

Just bring them a little south to the marshes in Cameron parish. Plenty of hungry gators there.

/from Cameron parish originally


there you go. done and done.
 
2012-05-03 03:44:26 PM  
+1 internets to submitter.
 
2012-05-03 03:44:44 PM  
I'm sure there's a necrophiliac somewhere who would be happy to take them off your hands.
 
2012-05-03 03:46:45 PM  
Let the bodies hit the floor!
Let the bodies hit the floor!
 
2012-05-03 03:47:43 PM  
Poke 'em with a stick.
 
2012-05-03 03:48:01 PM  
Is this the logical end of abortion protests?
Sort of looks like it doesn't it.
 
2012-05-03 03:49:11 PM  
I'll take a couple. I have a really cool idea for a Halloween display this year.
 
2012-05-03 03:51:41 PM  

downstairs: /Knows a few people who have specified they do not want their bodies claimed after they die.


HOw does that work? I mean, if my brother finds my dead body in the house, how does he get away with NOT claiming my body?
 
2012-05-03 03:52:42 PM  

Fabric_Man: Don't they have medical schools in Louisiana?



I'd say we're done here.


"All unclaimed bodies will be subject to medical experimentation."
 
2012-05-03 03:55:00 PM  
Ahh wordplay HOTY candidate right here.
 
2012-05-03 03:58:06 PM  
Suggestion that gets some people's panties in a twist over supposed wrongness:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alkaline_hydrolysis
/Don't know the cost per single-disposal of bodies, though
 
2012-05-03 03:59:39 PM  

Fabric_Man: Don't they have medical schools in Louisiana?


It's Louisiana, they barely have schools at all.

/lived in La for a few years, terrible place
 
2012-05-03 04:03:36 PM  
I really enjoyed 'the body works' exhibit years ago, and would love to see more works.
 
2012-05-03 04:04:12 PM  
Too bad Ed Gein isn't around anymore. I'm sure he'd have some great decorating ideas!
 
2012-05-03 04:04:34 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: downstairs: /Knows a few people who have specified they do not want their bodies claimed after they die.

HOw does that work? I mean, if my brother finds my dead body in the house, how does he get away with NOT claiming my body?


No idea if you died outside of a hospital. But if you die in a hospital, you can just ignore their calls to claim the body.

But even in your example, the body will be taken somewhere. And once its gone, I do not believe they can force you to claim it.

Don't know the legality of it all. I know a friends uncle who died of AIDS some years back and insisted no one claim the body so as to not be a financial burden on them after death (he had about $100 in wealth).
 
2012-05-03 04:07:07 PM  
You could go into the dog food business like my friend Marty.
 
2012-05-03 04:11:57 PM  
There has got to be a crematory not too far away that will do a bulk job...burn 'em, box 'em, store 'em in a file cabinet.
 
2012-05-03 04:14:53 PM  

NallTWD: Ahh wordplay HOTY candidate right here.


Hands down winner so far.
 
2012-05-03 04:22:43 PM  
After dealing with one of the big chain-run funeral homes, I really appreciated the existence of the cremation service I used when my mom died. After we said our peace, the hospice nurse called it in at 4 AM. Orderly picked her up. The 'director' stopped by at my house later that morning in jeans and cowboy boots to get the details for the death certificate. No muzak. No bad wallpaper. No used car salesman in a darker suit. $900.

After 5 weeks of no-sleep, bedsheet-changing, slide-into-delirium hospicing hell at my house (totally glad I did it that way, totally wouldn't want it to have been any longer), it was perfect. Ashes hand-delivered the next week.

But, yeah, sadly not everyone has that kind of service available. Nor the thousand bucks.
 
2012-05-03 04:25:44 PM  
There's a "decomposition area?"

Urgh.
 
2012-05-03 04:26:47 PM  
Here's a thought:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-05-03 04:30:42 PM  
img801.imageshack.us
 
2012-05-03 04:30:58 PM  
I still don't get the "respect for the dead" thing. I know that there was a time when everyone thought bodies needed to be preserved in preparation for Christ's return, but damn.

"Two biggest wastes of land - cemeteries and golf courses"

Burn the bodies or pile them in a big hole in the ground. They're dead, Jim.

images.cheezburger.com
 
2012-05-03 04:31:00 PM  
The real question here is where to bury the survivors.
 
2012-05-03 04:38:18 PM  
People that aren't leaving behind any assets and have a family that's poor are likely to go unclaimed. My mother in law died recently and left no money (bank account overdrawn, house in foreclosure, every bill delinquent) and the beneficiary on her life insurance was a junky daughter that we tracked down, but she just cashed the checked and ran off never to be seen or heard from again. If it weren't for my husband and I having a little bit of money that day, my MIL would have probably ended up one of the unclaimed. The junky sister doesn't care about anyone but herself and the other sister would have loved to help but is absolutely broke. It doesn't mean unloved. It just means unaffordable. Even if you want to give Mom a nice send-off, if you're scraping to make ends meet for yourself and your living family members, it gets put on a back burner, maybe forever.

It would help if funeral homes were cooler about the financial end of things. I understand that they need to make money and that they need to reduce how many people skip out on the bill. But the ones I've dealt with didn't have much in the way of budget friendly payment options. Like the MIL's place wanted the check, in full, up front, day one. It was a weekend, so we were able to talk them into holding the check for us till Tuesday to be sure that our Friday deposits and bill payments cleared the bank in such a way that there was no danger of it bouncing. But that wouldn't be all that helpful in a lot of families. It was like a 1000 bucks for her no-frills except a pretty urn cremation. No ceremony or viewing. No headstone or plot. Nothing but some death certificates and an urn and the cremation of the body. A lot of folks probably don't have a spare 1000 bucks to spend on someone who's no longer alive. It appears the funeral home is out the money for the cremation eventually either way. So they might be wise to be cool about offering loved ones options. Like if you don't have 1000 bucks today, how about some monthly payments, or a delayed bill for the lump sum until after you've handled their estate or been able to contact other relatives and get money together, or something.
 
2012-05-03 04:50:17 PM  
I saw an article in relation to the Black market and selling of body parts.


I want to know how I can arrange for my body parts to be sold on the black market once I die.
 
2012-05-03 05:04:05 PM  
thesocialpath.typepad.com
 
2012-05-03 05:04:13 PM  
If you're fortunate enough to live in Tennessee:

Link

I checked into this, but they don't take out of state donations unless you can get the body there.
 
2012-05-03 05:04:58 PM  
Is one of the bodies Marie's? I ask, because one day, not long ago, Boudreaux and Marie were riding their boat by Lake Charles when they hit a sunken log and the boat overturned. Marie didn't have a life jacket on, and she drowned. The sheriff and a bunch of neighbors came by to try to find her, but they didn't have any luck. A week passed and Thibodeaux knocked on Boudreaux's front door. Thibodeaux say "Boudreaux, I have some good news and some bad news for you."

Boudreaux say "Give me the bad news first."

"Well, the bad news is that we found Marie. She drowned. We so sorry for you."

"Well go on, what is the good news?"

"The good new is--when we pull her up, we fill two sacks of big blue point crab."

"Mais, where you put her body?"

"Well, Boudreaux. De first time we did so good with the crabs, we decided to leave her in the water one more day."
 
2012-05-03 05:07:14 PM  
When my mother died, I requested that the funeral home cremate her (to be interred with my father at the VA cemetery). The funeral home told me that they would not cremate without written consent from both me and my brother (who lived in a different state, didn't talk to me, hadn't seen in years, etc). When I told them I could not get it, they said they had no choice but to bury her (to the tune of thousand of dollars more). I asked what would happen if I refused to name a cemetery, or claim the body and/or pay them. When they told that unclaimed bodies get cremated I just stared, silently, at them until they got the point and ordered the cremation.

Hate funeral homes.
 
2012-05-03 05:08:00 PM  

Fabric_Man: Don't they have medical schools in Louisiana?


Came in to say this.
 
2012-05-03 05:09:05 PM  

MBooda: Is one of the bodies Marie's? I ask, because one day, not long ago, Boudreaux and Marie were riding their boat by Lake Charles when they hit a sunken log and the boat overturned. Marie didn't have a life jacket on, and she drowned. The sheriff and a bunch of neighbors came by to try to find her, but they didn't have any luck. A week passed and Thibodeaux knocked on Boudreaux's front door. Thibodeaux say "Boudreaux, I have some good news and some bad news for you."

Boudreaux say "Give me the bad news first."

"Well, the bad news is that we found Marie. She drowned. We so sorry for you."

"Well go on, what is the good news?"

"The good new is--when we pull her up, we fill two sacks of big blue point crab."

"Mais, where you put her body?"

"Well, Boudreaux. De first time we did so good with the crabs, we decided to leave her in the water one more day."


It's been a long time since I heard that one. Always did make me chuckle.

/Can remember when you could go crabbing along the highways in Cameron parish in the canals. Now you can't from what I heard and you need a farking license just to go crabbing. Left CP in 75
 
2012-05-03 05:15:54 PM  

DeadGeek: Here's a thought:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 640x853]


Deck the halls! How Christmasy.
 
2012-05-03 05:17:39 PM  

Lone Stranger: [thesocialpath.typepad.com image 360x482]


Man, when it comes my time, that's how I want to go.

/except I don't have a boat
//I have a hot air balloon
///got it all worked out
 
2012-05-03 05:29:27 PM  

patcarew: DeadGeek: Here's a thought:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 640x853]

Deck the halls! How Christmasy.


It's an actual church in the Czech republic called the Sedlec Ossuary. They actually did this when they ran out of room for remains: Link
 
2012-05-03 05:31:12 PM  
How mortifying.
 
2012-05-03 05:34:37 PM  

TigerzDad: I still don't get the "respect for the dead" thing. I know that there was a time when everyone thought bodies needed to be preserved in preparation for Christ's return, but damn.

"Two biggest wastes of land - cemeteries and golf courses"

Burn the bodies or pile them in a big hole in the ground. They're dead, Jim.

[images.cheezburger.com image 500x375]


Nah lets combine them, makes both more interesting.
 
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