Colorado Public Radio aired an updated this morning on the news show, Colorado Matters, about the Montrose funeral home owner who discovered unclaimed cremated remains left behind in the funeral parlour he had recently purchased.
The building had served as a funeral establishment since 1931 and previous owners had accumulated more than 5 decades worth of cremated remains, stored in various types of containers in the basement.
Many of the remains were thought to have been buried or scattered; others were not identifiable, or had no family in which to retrieve them.
The story began with honest intentions. In an attempt to repatriate the remains, a list of the names of the deceased in a local newspaper so that family members would have the opportunity to reclaim their loved ones' remains. Despite the public outrage and disgust, many of the remains were returned to family members. The unclaimed and unidentified remains were given a proper send-off with military honors at a local memorial service held in June.
CFDA's executive director, Steffani Blackstock, reported about the association's efforts to restore regulatory oversight to Colorado's funeral business.
Listen to the podcast online at Colorado Public Radio. (This story begins 30 minutes into the 1 hour program.)