Maryland’s Unclaimed Dead Become Body Donors

Heather Sinclair shifted to the edge of her seat before a Maryland legislative committee. She had a hot pink streak in her hair and a point to make: “I was not going to let my grandmother become property of the state.”

Her grandmother’s ashes rested on the hearing-room table in what resembled a wooden jewelry box. By the end of the hearing Sinclair hoped she would have more than charred remains to show for her Mom-Mom’s legacy–she would have the beginnings of Nancy’s Law.