The Indigent Burial/Cremation Program

Each county in Florida is mandated by the state through Chapter 245 of the Florida State Statutes to dispose of any unclaimed bodies of persons that die within the confines of their county.  Lee County performs this function through the Indigent Burial/Cremation Program administered by the Lee County Department of Human Services, 239-533-7930.

This program does not assist with funeral expenses.  A local funeral home and cemetery are under contract with the Department to provide direct burial or cremation only.  There is no viewing at the funeral home and no service at the funeral home or a church.

Cremation requires either the signature of a next-of-kin or a document (such as a will) signed by the deceased.

Veterans may be eligible for burial or internment in the national cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.