Indigent Cremation Program

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The purpose of the Indigent Cremation program is to provide final disposition, in accordance with Florida law, for those persons who have no family or cannot afford private funeral arrangements. In order to qualify for this program, the following criteria must be met:

  • The death must have occurred in St. Lucie County. The decedent does not have to be a county resident.
  • The deceased cannot have assets over $500 at the time of death. All assets less than $500 will be deducted from the final costs. If the deceased was legally married, marital assets must be used to determine eligibility. If an individual is under the 18 years of age, the parent’s assets are used to determine eligibility. Verifying documentation required.
  • The deceased’s next of kin shall mean a "legally authorized person" as defined by Florida Statue 497.005(43).

Assistance is only provided for basic cremation needs. Burial expenses, embalming, viewing or memorial services are not provided. 

Only the funeral homes listed below are eligible to participate in the indigent cremation program. The deceased’s date of death determines which funeral home(s) may be used.

Funeral Home

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Haisley

772-461-5211

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

Sarah’s

772-464-2525

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

Yates

772-461-7000

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

Bells

772-236-3010

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

ONLY ST. LUCIE COMMUNITY SERVICES CAN DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY.

For all inquiries regarding the Indigent Cremation program, please complete the questionnaire below or contact Community Services at 772-462-1777, press 0.

Frequently Asked Questions

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • What are the eligibility requirements?

  • How is eligibility determined for married couples?

  • How is eligibility determined for children under the age of 18?

  • What are considered assets?

  • If the deceased’s death was a result of a car accident, are they eligible for assistance?

  • Who do I contact to determine eligibility for Victim’s Compensation if the deceased’s death is a result of a car accident or a crime?

  • Can the next of kin apply for services prior to death?

  • How do I become a participating funeral home?

Indigent Cremation Online Intake 

Please correct the field(s) marked in red below:

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Please provide the following information for the deceased. Please put unknown if you do not know the information being requested. 
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Please provide the following information for the deceased. Please put unknown if you do not know the information being requested.
2
Please select the deceased's marital status.
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Please select the deceased's marital status.
3
Was the deceased's death a result of a car accident or a crime?
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Was the deceased's death a result of a car accident or a crime?
4
Please list all vehicles owned by the deceased or their spouse. 
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5
Please list the cash value of all checking and/or saving accounts in the deceased's name or their spouse.
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6
Please list the cash value of all IRA's, stocks, bonds and/or 401Ks in the deceased's name or their spouse.
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7
Did the deceased receive social security benefits? 
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Did the deceased receive social security benefits?
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Did the deceased have a life insurance policy? 
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Did the deceased have a life insurance policy?
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Please provide the following information for the deceased's next of kin. Please put N/A if there is no known next of kin. 
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Please provide the following information for the deceased's next of kin. Please put N/A if there is no known next of kin.
10
Please provide your information if you are not the next of kin. 
Please provide your information if you are not the next of kin.
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