All Souls Day Service and Litany of the Unclaimed Dead

Below is information from our 2016 All Souls Service.
2017 information will be posted here closer to the time of the event.


Sunday, October 30th 2:00 p.m.

Mills and Mills Funeral Home
5725 Littlerock Rd. SW
Tumwater, WA 98512

Download the flyer here in PDF format.


Interfaith Works sponsored its first All Souls Day Service in 2014 to remember and celebrate the lives of those in our community who died but whose remains were not claimed by any family or loved ones.

Inspired by our long-standing “Moments of Blessing” program and modeled on similar commemorative observances in other communities, including King County, we developed our special interfaith program in cooperation with the Thurston County Coroner, who is legally responsible as caretaker of the remains of unclaimed deceased persons.  In some cases, the Coroner is simply unable to identify any relatives; in other cases, family members are unable or unwilling to take responsibility.

Our All Souls service is held annually around the end of October or November 1st, the time of the All Souls and All Saints Days observed by many western Christian traditions and Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and beyond.

A moving editorial in The Olympian, about the last All Souls service held on November 1, 2015 penned by editorial board member Jill Severn, can be found here.

For more information about this program, contact the Interfaith Works office at 360-357-7224 or email us: