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Indigent Cremation Services

Indigent Cremation Services provide final disposition for those who can't afford a private funeral. The death must have occurred in Miami-Dade County. The decedent does not have to be a resident to qualify.

Only basic needs can be accommodated and are considered to be a last resort. We do not provide embalming, viewing or memorial services. Once the decedent has been transferred to a funeral home, the County will provide no further assistance.

Families are strongly encouraged to seek other ways to handle final disposition. Below, is a list of providers that offer low cost options.

For families wishing to claim the remains, proof of fee payment must be provided.

It may take 8 or more weeks for the Medical Examiner to completely process a case.

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Phone Number(s)

  • Fax all forms to:
  • For more information, please call Sandra Witty-Fortunato

Locations and Hours

  • Medical Examiner Building

    1851 NW 10th Ave, Miami, FL 33136
    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Medical Examiner

Dr. Emma O. Lew, Chief Medical Examiner

Medical Examiner Building
1851 NW 10th Ave, Miami, FL 33136

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