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Unclaimed Cremated Remains Laid to Rest on Nov. 2, 2023 - Cremation Society of New Hampshire

Unclaimed Cremated Remains Laid to Rest on Nov. 2, 2023

Cremation Society of New Hampshire and Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium collaborate with Mt. Calvary Cemetery to offer a “home” for unclaimed cremated remains. A public mass to honor and accept the unclaimed remains is set for Thursday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Chapel, 474 Goffstown Road, Manchester, NH.

The public mass comes on All Souls Day, commemorated by Roman Catholics as a time to pray for all the faithful departed.

The names, years of birth and death, and hometowns (if known) are listed below in hopes that a friend or relative may recognize the names and attend the services, or make arrangements to provide a final resting place with other family members.

Rahel BarrowsUnknown19682023
John BelroseManchester, NH19682023
Troy BlackUnknown19722022
Baby CastroUnknown20232023
Lynne CobbManchester, NH19582022
Harold CoffeyRochester, NH19552022
Kenneth ConnellyWindsor, VT19402022
William CrosbyNashua, NH19512022
Anita CushingManchester, NH19362022
Helen DolfinManchester, NH19552023
Ruth DuckworthUnknown19302023
Kent DunnManchester, NH19672023
Alan DupratLebanon, NH19542023
Thomas FrottonManchester, NH19742023
Jyotsna Gandhi Nashua, NH19452023
William GoldsteinDerby, VT19422022
Ronald HeadenLaconia, NH19392021
Grace HowellWarner, NH19382022
Jean JamesLondonderry, NH19472023
Henry KatrisManchester, NH19462023
Kevin KnowlesConcord, NH19502023
Roger LarsonUnknown19412023
Mario LemieuxConcord, NH19352022
Paul MeleleuUnknown19472023
Robert MooersLaconia, NH19552022
Robert MorinManchester, NH19712023
Henry MuseRindge, NH19312022
Esther NittoMethuen, MA19272023
Viktor NovoselBerlin, NH19352023
Ran PandeyConcord, NH19462022
Ishwarbhai PatelTewksbury, MA19292023
Frederick QuinnConcord, NH19532023
Davis RileyWestmoreland, NH19382022
Marvin RogersUnknown19442023
Mary SorensenConcord, NH19272023
Lorraine SpataroConcord, NH19432022
Simon VigerNew Boston, NH19522023
Richard WarkUnknown19552022
Robert WistedConcord, NH19612023

Each year, people are cremated and their remains sit unclaimed at funeral homes and crematoriums. Phaneuf makes a concerted effort to contact family members to claim the remains, but there are circumstances where someone does not have a family member to pick up the remains, or perhaps distant family members are not aware the remains exist.

Sometimes loved ones are so grief-stricken they cannot bring themselves to take the remains home, and they stay at the funeral home.

Unclaimed remains do not fall into any specific socioeconomic demographic or ethnic group. These are remains from babies, the elderly, and all ages in between. They are from males and females of various backgrounds. 

Legally, remains must be held for 30 days and then can be discarded as the funeral home sees fit. Phaneuf does not discard remains. We believe it is disrespectful to unceremoniously dispose of the remains of a once-vibrant individual.

We don’t pass judgment on why remains go unclaimed. Several years ago, we contacted Mt. Calvary for help in placing these remains in a permanent, respectful location. Unclaimed remains are now interred in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Members of Phaneuf’s staff attend the unclaimed remains services. The event is an incredibly moving outpouring of kindness, love and respect for human life. All are welcome to attend the mass honoring those whose remains are left behind.

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Unclaimed Cremated Remains Laid to Rest on Nov. 2, 2023 - Cremation Society of New Hampshire


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