In Memoriam for the unclaimed

PIERCE COUNTY, WA — You are invited to join Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier and Medical Examiner Karen Kline-Parhamovich, M.D. for a ceremony to lay unclaimed decedents to rest. 

What happens when someone dies, and no one claims their body? In Pierce County, the Medical Examiner’s office arranges the cremation of the decedents and provides a respectful ceremony at a final resting place.

A public memorial and gathering will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m. at Haven of Rest Funeral Home in Gig Harbor to inter the cremains of those who remain unclaimed.

Over 170 individuals who died in Pierce County prior to Aug. 31, 2020, have not been claimed by family members or friends. In some instances, relatives cannot be found. In other cases, family members decline to take possession.

You are invited to join us in laying these individuals to rest.

More information is available at


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