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Indigent Burials

Florida law states that all counties are charged with the burial of unclaimed or indigent bodies at the county’s expense. The law was enacted to ensure that unclaimed or indigent bodies are properly disposed of for public health purposes.

In Leon County indigent burials are coordinated between local funeral homes and Leon County Public Works by the Office of Human Services and Community Partnerships staff.  There are no grave site religious or memorial services and viewings at the funeral homes are not available. Due to liability issues, friends and relatives are not allowed to be present at the time of the burial at the Pauper’s Cemetery.

Please note the following details regarding the indigent burial program;

  • Unclaimed or indigent bodies are cremated or buried at the Leon County Pauper's Cemetery.
  • Leon County does not have a program that supplements funeral expenses.
  • Eligibility is based on federal poverty guidelines.
  • Insurance, income, and assets will be reviewed to determine eligibility.

Applications are available below and can be submitted to the Office of Human Services and Community Partnerships, 918 Railroad Ave., Tallahassee, FL 32310. 

For more information and/or to schedule an appointment,  please contact the Office of Human Services and Community Partnerships at (850) 606-1900.

Indigent Burial Application
Next of Kin Statement