Bet­ter late than never?

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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?

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