Loved ones sought out for unclaimed cremains

by | Jul 29, 2022 | Community News, News

Macon-Bibb County is asking relatives of 166 people who have been cremated and unclaimed to come forward. People who wish to claim their loved one’s ashes will need do so before September 19, 2022. 

Any cremains unclaimed after that time will be memorialized in Historic Rose Hill Cemetery by having the ashes spread in a dedicated memorial garden. A ceremony is planned for the spreading of the ashes in a reverent and respectful manner. The date and time for the ceremony has yet to be determined. 

“To quote John Galsworthy poem ‘Scatter my ashes! Let them be free to the air, soaked in the sunlight and rain,’” says Clerk of Commission Janice Ross. 

 “This is the first Scatter Garden at Rose Hill Cemetery, and we wanted to make sure it was a beautiful resting place for these remains,” says Director of Parks and Beautification Michael Glisson. “This is a way for us for us to disperse ashes with dignity and give them the proper ceremony they deserve.” 

People who want to claim their loved ones’ ashes need to file with the Superior Court Clerk’s Office by e-file online through www.odysseyefilega.com, which has information to help individuals file documents without lawyers.  They can also bring the documents in to the Superior Court Clerk’s Office and file through the office’s computer with assistance. Then either mail, email, or hand deliver a copy of their answer to Sr. Assistant County Attorney Michael McNeill. The claim “answer” should include, at a minimum, the case number (22-CV-77080), the person claiming the ashes’ name and contact information, identify the person’s cremains they are claiming, and say what their relation to the deceased or interest in the cremains is. No cremains will be released until after the full 60 days has run and the Court has entered a final order in the case. 

People can contact McNeill if they have any questions at 478-751-7651 (option 3) or MMcNeill@maconbibb.us. 

“I appreciate the support of the Sr. Assistant County Attorney Michael McNeill to complete the necessary legal requirements to inter the ashes housed too long in the basement of the Archive and Records Center,” says Ross. “Appreciation also to Michael Glisson, Director of Parks and Beautification, for preparing a location at Rose Hill Cemetery for the interment of the ashes.”

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