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Latest Sign of Economic Hardship: Families Unable to Bury Loved Ones

Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Research from the National Association of Counties suggests an increase in the numbers of unclaimed bodies and indigent funerals as the economy has worsened.

Due to the combination of the economic downturn and rise in funeral costs, communities everywhere are seeing this trend. Research shows just more than half of nearly 50 coroner's office respondents cited an increase.

The city of Jacksonville, Fla., alone cremated 306 indigent people this fiscal year through July. That number is up from a total 297 and 241 in the past two years. In another example, Nevada’s Clark County recorded an almost 11 percent increase in indigent burials and cremations over the past year.

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