This May 15, 2015 article on the Democrat & Chronicle site talks about a memorial service to be held to honor Lawrence Mocha who had dug 1500 graves by hand during his time as a patient at Willard State Hospital where he eventually died and was also buried. I feel like this is a victory of sorts that gives some dignity back to people with mental illnesses who have lived and died in state hospitals. Every human deserves to be buried with dignity and be recognize as more than a number, which is what will be happening for Lawrence Mocha. Hats off to all who worked to give Lawrence a bit of dignity back to him.
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