Indigent Burials and Cremations
The city provides burial and cremation for individuals who have no assets or who have no apparent family. City cemeteries have areas designed for burial of "Indigent" persons or ashes. The service is provided in order to give a dignified final resting place for individuals when families or loved ones do not have the means of providing a normal burial or cremation.
For those indigent who are cremated, the ashes will remain in the custody of the city and preserved permanently in a dignified manner. In order to be considered for this service, families or friends of the deceased must qualify through the Department of Family and Children Services (DFACS).
Please read this FAQ Brochure for further steps and qualifications.
Burials must be scheduled 24 hours in advance with burial service no later than 4:00pm weekdays and not before Monday, 11:00am. Pauper burials may be scheduled for 10:00am or 1:00pm.
Columbus, GA Code of Ordinances: Section 9