Poor graves increases in the U.S. The dead are stacked on each other. The morgue in Cook County outside Chicago is too full. Poor Americans can not afford to pay for the funeral, which means that the number of mass graves is increasing in the United States.
Morgue in Cook County outside Chicago, USA, has room for 300 deceased. Last week, local media reported that the morgue was cluttered, the dead are piled on each other. The reason that the morgue is full, is because the laws regarding funerals has changed in the state of Illinois. One example is that infants who died at birth or miscarriage are now to be buried in separate coffins, which was not needed to be the case before.
- We havn't been able to bury infant or fetus'es, as we wait for the specially-designed coffins to be designed and built, says coroner Nancy Jones of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Last summer the state strangeled the grant that would cover funeral costs for those who can't afford it. As from the start of this year, the contribution has returned, but during the recess funeral agencies stopped taking deceased whose relatives couldn't pay for themselves. The Chicago Tribune says that this made the morgues to start becoming so full. Morgues should also find out if the deceased had any tucked away assets and inquire if the deceased is a veteran in need of a military funeral ceremony. If none of the above happens [relatives can't pay - the dead didn't had any tucked away assets, or if the deceased wasn't an veteran], they (the deceased) ends up in so-called poor graves where the dead are buried in simple wooden boxes in a common grave, piled on eachother.
On Wednesday, AFP witnessed how 30 people were buried in one grave at Homewood Memorial Gardens in Illinois. According to the news agency, the new tough economic situation contribute to that the number of poor graves increases.
[I used Google translate to translate the article above, so it can sound "weird", but I tried to correct the text
to sound better as much as I could (but it isn't that easy you know)... So try to overview the bad english. Oki dokki? ^^]
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[text in swedish, but you can understand by watching the pictures in the slideshow anyway]
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