A rare and somber memorial service will be held Monday, June 27 at the Terrace Lawn Memorial Gardens in Boise, when the Ada County Coroner’s Office will remember “the forgotten.”
“It comes down to dignity,” coroner's office investigator Jaimie Barker stated in a news release. “As a society, it’s our responsibility to care about the dead. Yes, some might have been homeless, or in the Ada County Jail, but that’s not our concern. We’re focused on giving them a proper resting place.”
There are nearly 60 unclaimed remains at the Ada County Coroner’s Office, one set of ashes dating back 20 years. While the office has spent considerable time trying to contact family members to claim the remains, officials said it’s time for the ashes to find a final resting place. That’s why the coroner’s office has partnered with the Cloverdale Funeral Home, which donated a crypt for the ashes.
The coroner’s office announced it will continue to search for family members; but, in the meantime, it will hold a memorial this year and every year going forward as long as there are unclaimed remains.
Monday’s ceremony, set for 11 a.m. at Terrace Law Memorial Gardens on Cloverdale Road, is open to the public. Speakers will include representatives from the coroner’s office and the River of Life homeless shelter.