The high cost of dying,” June 2), as it is a situation we deal with regularly.
 
To my surprise, the author spent much of his time with an executive from Serenity Gardens, who is definitely a local professional, but seemed to ignore other establishments in Mobile, namely Mobile Memorial Gardens. We handle a number of indigent cases each year on behalf of the Derpartment of Forensic Science and as a service to the community.

Mobile Memorial Gardens is a not-for-profit cemetery chartered in 1953 and since that time we have never turned anyone away or canceled a funeral for lack of family funds.  

We serve many families directly without any assistance from DFS, and we also serve those who come to us through DFS. Yes, we “lose money” on each family we serve in these situations, but that is part of our mission here at the Gardens.  

We give back to the community in many ways through various annual programs (Flags of Glory, Easter Sunrise, Hot Dogs for Heroes, 9/11 Memorial, All Souls Mass and others), as well as directly through free and reduced-price burials for the needy.  

Under our charter, all of our so-called profits must be used to maintain and improve the cemetery for all citizens of the Mobile area.
While we cannot directly provide the funeral services, our neighbor, Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, works closely with us and coordinates indigent services with our cemetery.  

We have in the past assisted other funeral homes handling DFS cases. By working with both the funeral home and cemetery, much like Serenity, the county can be assured indigent burials are handled in a dignified and professional manner.

We would just like the public to know more about their local nonprofit community cemetery.

Timothy Claiborne,
President and Chief Executive Officer of Mobile Memorial Gardens