Department of Social Services
The Foundation’s partnership with DSS is significant and important to understand.
In accordance with the law, an individual unclaimed by a family member within 10 days of death becomes the responsibility of the State. Should a claimant come forth following cremation performed by the State, the remains cannot be released. In instances when the Foundation assumes responsibility for the deceased, however, a claimant is able to receive the remains following education and research and is able to proceed with preferred arrangements.
The Experience Anatomy Foundation has vetted and established relationships with support professionals across the region. We can refer individuals to death doulas, who tend to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the dying, as well as grief counselors, who provide comfort and encouragement to loved ones in mourning. We can also share a comprehensive list of bereavement support resources.