If the deceased was a widow & had no savings, & nobody who wanted to pay for the cremation, would the county coroner do it for free? I heard that years ago the poor & unclaimed dead were buried in a potter's field, sometimes in a common grave. I have an objection to that & want to be cremated, fully dressed on my jeans & T-shirt. Just because you can be dead & penniless doesn't mean anybody should have the right to be disrespectful to your corpse. But unfortunately if you are dead you have no say in the matter & if a friend or family tries to tell the coroner's office anything they become suspicious. 12 years ago when my husband died at home, lying on the couch watching Leno. He was dying of heat failure. It was obvious he died from this. Nut when I told the coroner they could not autopsy him thru became mean & threatened to hold him there until an investigation. Which of could could be weeks after his funeral. I won, but I have nobody to fight for me. Someone already promised to throw my ashes on the freeway,,, but said no to the best part. I guess it's illegal to throw an urn of cremains at a cop car. But is it likely somebody can claim the correct ashes for no charge?