After a series of stRokes, Mark struggles to make ends meet.
“I get $646 in Social Security, SSI and I get $140 in SNAP benefits." Mark says that even with government assistance, his monthly medical co-pays amount to about $30 - $40 a month. Mark died April 6, 2017.
Even in death Mark couldn’t escape poverty. Within a week, friends are distraught and crying, because they’ve been unable to raise $1,000 to obtain Mark’s ashes from where they are being held by the Adams County coroner. According to the Adams County coroner, he holds the ashes of the indigent until friends or family can come up with the $1000 to reimburse the county for the $800 the county pays the funeral home, and the $200 the county pays the crematorium. The coroner says he will hold the ashes for up to six months. During an interview in April, 2017, Adams County Coroner Jim Keller said that if the surviving family doesn’t pay the $1,000, he will dispose of the ashes in an unmarked grave in a cemetery at his discretion, and he won’t disclose the location of the ashes to the family.