Will the autopsy or ‘pending’ results affect funeral arrangements?

  • 8 August 2023

The performance of an autopsy should not in any way affect a funeral or viewing of the body. Funeral directors and pathologists have been working together for many years so that the body can be readily embalmed and prepared for the service.After the examination, the body can be released to the funeral home of the family’s choice regardless of the pending status of the cause or manner of death. The family is required to sign a release giving the funeral home permission topick-up the remains from the medical examiner’s office.