Service of Remembrance for Unclaimed Persons

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On a cold day at the end of January the staff of Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service gathered together in an effort to add some warmth back into to the world. We held a Service of Remembrance to honor those people in our community whose remains have gone unclaimed.

The staff at Morrissett feels it is important to provide a dignified burial for individuals who, for whatever reason, are unable to receive final arrangements. This is a service we have provided several times in the past, and this year the lives of 26 individuals were honored.

Together with members of the community we met in our chapel for a ceremony prior to the graveside service. During this time of reflection the name of each individual was read and remembered. Words of encouragement were shared, stressing the value and dignity of every life no matter what circumstances surrounded their death.

These words were also read: “Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water -it will make ripples throughout the entire pond…” (Jessy and Bryan Matteo).

Our staff then traveled together to Centralia Cemetery and the remains were laid to rest in a space we acquired and respectfully interred. Those souls long exiled have been taken home. May they finally rest in peace.

It is said that we all die twice. Once when the breath leaves our body, and again when our name is spoken for the last time. We want to make sure that the names of the individuals whose earthly remains have been placed in our care are never forgotten. Their names will continue to live in our hearts.

The Service of Remembrance was the first of our monthly community service events to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service. This month our staff will be visiting McGuire VA Medical Center on Valentine’s Day to deliver handmade cards created by local 5th grade students.

The local schools participating in the Valentines for Veterans program are O.B. Gates, Beulah and Hopkins Road elementary schools. Each 5th grade class was also given a white box to decorate and hold the Valentine’s cards they create. Once the cards have been delivered the boxes will be on display in our lobby for the public to see and vote upon. The winning class from each school will receive a $50-dollar Visa gift card.

We at Morrissett are grateful for continued opportunities to partner with & help give back to the community in which we live and serve.



Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service

6500 Iron Bridge Rd.

Richmond, VA 23234

(804) 275-7828


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