Earlier this month, Eric Cordingley sent an update on his continuing work locating Morningside patient burial sites.
by Eric Cordingley
The weather here has finally turned to “regular” fall weather and we have lots of rain. This means, of course, that the ground has finally softened up to uncover markers which I hope to do next weekend, weather allowing.
The virtual cemetery is nearing 400. Check it out!
A recent trip to Riverview Abbey revealed more sad news about former patients whose remains were sent there for cremation (paid for by the family) and then left. At least 8 boxes of ashes were treated that way and later scattered in the woods behind the crematorium. Some patients’ cremains were sent to relatives in other states, but for the most part, the ashes were left on the shelf of the crematorium until they were scattered by the staff.
The situation regarding the unclaimed cremains of Charles Marjanen at the Oregon State Hospital is still pressing. It will be at least another two weeks before I can get to Salem to scan the death certificate. I will send it out to the team when that happens. Read More