Making sure your family has a place to ‘Rest In Peace’
Jennifer Auh looks into ways families can purchase multiple burial plots for loved ones and make sure the sacred place is not forgotten and lost. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
These days it seems everyone's busy with the hustle and bustle of their daily lives, and they rarely think about issues regarding the dead or passing on.
We’re talking about hundreds of forgotten burial plots, which may be re-sold by the City of Boise.
If a previously-owned burial plot remains inactive for many years and unclaimed, that land could be lost to the family forever.
Sometimes, families purchase multiple plots, but don't inform loved ones before they pass on. The deeds are lost over time or the family members may have moved away, and the land becomes abandoned.
Legal experts say families who purchase many burial plots should:
- Put the information in their will
- Make copies of the deed to hand out to all of the included family members
- Leave a copy of the deed in a safety deposit or with an attorney
Exactly 543 inactive burial plots at the Morris Hill Cemetery are now eligible for what they call a ‘reconveyance process’. The term refers to unclaimed lots that the city may soon re-sell, if no one comes forward and claims it.
For months, city workers have tried to contact the last known owners of these plots, which haven't been touched for 75 years.
The city plans to start re-selling these burial plots in the beginning of January, if no one comes forward.
So, if you or one of your family members owns a burial plot that’s going through this ‘reconveyance process’ in Morris Hill Cemetery, make sure to contact the cemetery.