Indigent burial program may see more action amid opioid epidemic, COVID-19 pandemic


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The following article was originally published in the Ohio Capital Journal and published on under a content-sharing agreement.

A state program to help those who can’t afford to bury their loved ones might see more action than usual, and cause the need for re-education for townships that have to pay for these burials.

The Indigent Burial and Cremation program works with townships and municipalities to reimburse some of the costs of funeral disposition. When a resident is found to fall below the federal poverty line, Ohio law requires that a local government pay for the burial or cremation.

But local government officials have said the program wasn’t used often in its last version, nearly two decades ago.