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QUESTION: What happens to unclaimed bodies? Is there really a paupers’ graveyard?

 R.J. Atlanta, Georgia

Dear R.J.,

I did some research. To the best of my understanding, in Rhode Island, the medical examiner makes the final decision on what happens to unclaimed bodies. Cremation is one of the options the M.E. may choose. I can’t speak for what happens in Georgia. If I get further updates, I will post them.

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