What if the family does not want an autopsy?

The Medical Examiner autopsy, unlike a hospital autopsy, does not require permission from the next of kin. It is done under statutory authority. If the family has a religious objection to the autopsy, the Medical Examiner will make every effort to limit the procedure as far as possible. If the Medical Examiner does determine that a full autopsy is necessary to fulfill legal responsibilities, the family may present their objection to a court of law for consideration before the autopsy is performed.

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1. How do I obtain copies of reports?
2. How can I obtain a copy of a death certificate?
3. How do we claim or recover the decedent's body?
4. Is an autopsy required on all cases?
5. What if the family does not want an autopsy?
6. Can we view the decedent at your facility?