Los Angeles County held a memorial ceremony this week honoring the lives of 1,457 people who died in 2016, but whose remains were not claimed by loved ones.
The annual event drew clergy from a number of faiths -- Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Humanists, among others -- to recite prayers and pay their respects.
“There are many unclaimed here that are completely unknown, but there are others who may be from impoverished families…The families just can't afford the $350 to bury them,” says Nick Jordan, a staff chaplain at LA County USC Medical Center who has participated in the remembrance for the past five years.
More than 100 people showed up for the ceremony at the LA County Crematorium and Cemetery.
The county has had a remembrance like this every year since the late 1800s.
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