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Re: Mental Hospital in Jackson, LA?
Posted by: karen mcclure (ID *****6525) Date: May 29, 2002 at 19:39:28
In Reply to: Mental Hospital in Jackson, LA? by Barbara Munson of 161

I just recently learned of a relative that died and was buried on grounds at ELSH in Jackson. I called and got switched around and the person who ended up helping me was VERY nice. In fact she quoted me prices for the copying of the patient records and told me how to obtain them; LOTS of proof that you are the next of kin is necessary. I prepared the proof and a letter explaining what I wanted and why and why I was entitled to it. About 2 weeks later they sent me a bill for the total number of documents I wanted copied (all of them).

Ok, it HAS been a month since I mailed the payment, but I really expect to receive this information. Since they quoted me a total, I assume they DID find and are willing to provide me copies of these documents.
I AM the next of kin (alive) and sent them the necessary proof. NEVER did I get the impression no records were available and NEVER was I told I was not entitled to it. We'll see, I guess.
They did tell me that the graves were marked with wooden markers which have now rotted and may be VERY hard to find, but once I receive my documents I can request a "pass" into the cemetery and hopefully find her grave. She died in 1933, by the way, that may make a difference, as much older than that, well, there may BE few or no records.
At this point, I still hold out hope of getting this info and being allowed into the cemetery.
I need to say that I had found her death certificate BEFORE I called them, so I was already aware of her admission and death dates, that may be the key.
I will post when I get it.
Good luck to you

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