Photos: Remembering the buried and anonymous

People & Places Jeffrey Thompson Jeffrey Thompson , Dan Olson Dan Olson · ·

1 Lifeworks staff member Jodi Iverson pushes Joey Bourgoin as they, Steven Breyer, left, Jennifer Ziemer, right, and other Lifeworks clients lay flowers on gravestones at the Hastings State Hospital Cemetery in Hastings, Minn. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. The group participated in a dedication ceremony at the cemetery for hospital patients who were once buried anonymously, with unmarked stones. 
2 Remembering With Dignity community organizer Halle O'Falvey, center, leads a dedication service at the Hastings State Hospital Cemetery in Hastings, Minn. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. O'Falvey's group has helped properly mark more than 7,100 graves of institutionalized patients across the state. 
3 A pamphlet describes the details of the Hastings State Hospital Cemetery in Hastings, Minn. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. About 900 people are currently memorialized in the cemetery. 
4 People lay flowers on gravestones after a dedication ceremony at the Hastings State Hospital Cemetery in Hastings, Minn. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. The ceremony is an annual event, organized by Remembering With Dignity and Advocating Change Together, that recognizes state hospital residents who were once buried anonymously, with unmarked stones. 
5 Siri Western receives a hug from Remembering with Dignity community organizer Halle O'Falvey at the Hastings State Hospital Cemetery in Hastings, Minn. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Western's great great uncle is one of hundreds of former state hospital patients who were buried in the cemetery without identification. However, with the help of O'Falvey's group, those now have proper gravestones. 
6 A gravestone marks the life of Hans Western at the Hastings State Hospital Cemetery in Hastings, Minn. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. 
7 Since 1994, Advocating Change Together and its Remembering with Dignity program have helped identify and mark more than 7,100 unmarked graves at institutional cemeteries across the state, including the Hastings State Hospital Cemetery in Hastings, Minn. 
8 Siri Western looks over a nature preserve at the Hastings State Hospital Cemetery in Hastings, Minn. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Western attended a dedication ceremony at the cemetery where her great-great uncle, a former patient at the hospital, is memorialized with a proper gravestone.