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When death occurs in a hospital, what should we do?

Whether or not you’re present when the death occurs, a health care professional will contact you and ask a few questions, possibly including:

  • Which funeral service provider will you be releasing the body to, for transfer from the hospital?
  • Would you like an autopsy performed?

Unless the deceased has died unexpectedly, you will have the choice. An autopsy is the thorough examination of the deceased body, to understand and determine the cause of death or any factors that may have contributed towards the cause of death. The information resulting from an autopsy can help researchers in developing cures and medications to assist in the prevention of such diseases. Autopsies are generally performed quickly, so as to not interfere with the funeral process. However you may experience some short delays and should check with the health care professional as to when you can expect the autopsy to be completed, if a delay could be of concern to you.







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