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* Sudden, unexpected deaths * Deaths of persons who have not been seen by a physician within the last sixty (60) days * Any death determined to be a health hazard * Any violent deaths (homicide, suicide) * Any deaths that are the result of an accident * Any unusual or unexplained deaths * Any deaths suspicious of violence * Any hospital death where the original admission involved any of the above.
Viewing and visitation are then permitted by the funeral home. If the family wants an autopsy they may contact a private pathologist for a private autopsy. There is a fee for private autopsies. There is no charge to a family if a coroner's forensic autopsy is performed. Autopsies will not prevent a family from having an open-casket funeral or interfere with viewing of the deceased in a normal manner. Once the body leaves the jurisdiction of the coroner's office, your communication should take place with the funeral home..
NOTE: The decision to perform an autopsy rests with the coroner's office. Family objections may be noted, but an autopsy may be required due to suspicion of violence in the death.
1. Determine who the legal next of kin is to make decisions on the decedent's behalf. 2. You will need to select a funeral home to assist you in making funeral arrangements and to coordinate the final disposition of your love one's remains 3. Once you have chosen a funeral home, the funeral director will make arrangements to pick up and transport your loved one's remains back to the funeral home following our examination. 4. Finally, remember to check in on yourself. Stress can come into one's life quickly and unexpectedly. Do not be afraid to use resources available to you in your community.