Better late than never?
The Oregon State Hospital is seeking to reunite the unclaimed cremated remains of about 3,500 patients with surviving family members. The remains were left in a storage area at the state mental hospital that was dubbed “the room of forgotten souls,” and rediscovered in 2004.
In hopes of providing closure to surviving relatives, the hospital has posted online the list of names, dates of birth and dates of death of peo- ple whose cremated remains need to be claimed. These patients and former inmates died between 1914 and the 1970s.
The hospital in Salem is prepared to send the cremated remains to the family upon confirmation of a match. Oregon State Hospital is also planning a memorial service for former patients whose remains have stayed unclaimed for so many decades.
“We hope all remains will be united with family, but we also know that may not be possible given how much time has passed,” said Superintendent Greg Roberts. “Those remains that stay at the hospital will be given a final resting place with all due dignity and respect.”
The 128-year-old Oregon State Hospital, where the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was filmed, is undergoing a massive rebuilding project.
Is that you, Grandpa?