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Bexhill and Hastings funeral homes’ plea over forgotten ashes
Two funeral homes have launched a joint appeal to try and trace the relatives of unclaimed cremated remains.
Collectively, there are currently 124 forgotten sets of ashes at Douglas Mercer and Son in Bexhill and Banfield and Pomphrey funeral directors in Hastings, some dating back as far as 1971.
Marion Wickison, spokesperson for the joint appeal, said: “We would hope that there would be a family member that would pick up on this story and come forward.
“It could be due to a number of factors; people could move away or it could be too painful.
“Perhaps relatives had other commitments or someone thought that another member of the family would collect them, but they no longer speak and so nobody has dealt with it.”
The National Association of Funeral Directors has specific guidelines in place for unclaimed cremated remains and recommends its members store them for a minimum of five years.
Mrs Wickison said: “We’re keen to stress this isn’t about recently bereaved families or those who have asked us to keep remains on their behalf for a specific reason. This is purely for cremated remains that have been left unclaimed for a very long time.
She added that the forgotten urns have raised the issue of talking of letting friends and relatives know what to do if something was to happen to you.
Mrs Wickison added: “It’s a bit of a taboo subject. It’s really difficult with all the issues surrounding it and there’s a lot of things to do.
“People don’t like to talk about it and so when a loved one dies their relatives and friends often have no idea what they would have wanted – it’s a shame in this year.”
Those that believe that the unclaimed cremated remains of their relatives could be held at one of the branches should contact the team at Douglas Mercer and Son on 01424 421 805 or visit the branch on Sedlescombe Road North in St Leonards-on-Sea.
Alternatively, local people can also visit the Banfield and Pomphrey branch on 476 Old London Road in Hastings.
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