Dr. Christina VandePol, the Chester County coroner, will hold a ceremony to help lay to rest the 54 people who died in the county over the last seven years under indigent circumstances, writes Michael Rellahan for the Daily Local News.
VandePol discovered the remains while exploring the quasi-labyrinth of rooms and offices at the coroner’s office when she took over in January. She read the reports on all the remains, finding that their ages ranged from 48 to 86. They had no funeral plans or family who could claim their bodies.
“They tend to be older people, who had outlived their friends,” she said. “It all seems kind of desolate and sad.”
This week, VandePol will hold a special ceremony at an undisclosed location to intern the remains. The ceremony will include flowers, music, and a short service. The sites are being donated by the county cemetery.
“Everyone, regardless of their circumstances, deserves a burial,” said VandePol. “This is a counterpart to the sadder part of our job here.”
The names of the deceased are available on the coroner’s office Facebook page.
Read more about the ceremony in the Daily Local News here.