The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office presented a special recognition award to the staff and board of The Hospice of Baton Rouge on May 18 for their humanitarian service to residents who have no family or friends to provide a burial.

The Hospice of Baton Rouge, assisted by Church Funeral Services and Crematory and Historic Magnolia Cemetery, has provided eight memorial music services for unclaimed people since 2013, a news release said.

The service includes a prayer by one of the chaplains of THBR, a reading and music performed by the staff. Individual names are read, including the birth and death dates, the release said.

The ashes are spread on Pauper’s Hill, a location designated by the Historic Magnolia Cemetery Board of Directors and BREC. The service is concluded with a hymn.