Annual Mass Burial for LA County


December 3, 2020

Angels from the Inglewood Cemetery. The mass burial will not be in Inglewood

Annual Mass Burial

Photos by Mary Leipziger.

LA County will bury 1547 unclaimed dead bodies in a mass grave. The event will be streamed online. The event will be held on December 3, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Since there is a three year lag between death and burial, none of these 1547 people, died of Covid-19.

"With the cancellation of all large gatherings because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Ceremony of the Unclaimed Dead will be live streamed," said the County in a press release. "The Department of Decedent Affairs deeply regrets that it cannot hold a public ceremony this year. This decision was made to conform to current state and county emergency orders to protect the health and well-being of participants, staff and community members who normally attend this ceremony."

Local faith leaders will preside over the burial of 1,547 indigent/unclaimed dead in a single mass grave. The annual interfaith remembrance ceremony organized by the L.A. County Department of Health Services, Decedent Affairs in partnership with Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center Chaplains will hold a "virtual" ceremony at the Los Angeles County Crematory and Cemetery to remember and honor the unclaimed dead.

"To continue the tradition of honoring the unclaimed dead, event organizers will show a brief online ceremony on Facebook so Los Angeles County residents can watch safely from home.


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