These are all helpful answers, but what state does the person live in, what county, etc. Most states have programs in place, BUT, in order to take advantage of some of these "benefits" the family must first refuse to accept possesion of the remains, meaning, basically not contacting a funeral home, and the the agency will dispose of the remains as they see fit. I.E. cremation, then scattering cremated remains, burial, burial at sea, etc. the family has no say in the disposition of the remains, because they have "abandoned" the case, and the state or county decides what is best and most economical for them.