What does an autopsy involve?
A specially trained doctor (pathologist) will perform a thorough examination of the deceased. This will include an exam of all internal organs. Can we make special requests? Yes. If you have questions you hope will be answered through autopsy, discuss them with the doctor when you give consent for the autopsy. Also, let the staff know if you prefer not to have certain areas examined. Why would I want to have an autopsy performed on my loved one? The cause of death of the person may be clarified and the information obtained may be important for the health of other family members. Autopsy may help your family and the doctors learn more about the person’s illness, injury, or disease. This in turn may help doctors learn more about a specific disease that can help other patients in the future. Will there be any marks visible if we have an open casket? No. No marks will be visible on the body as you see it in the open casket. Will an autopsy delay the funeral? No. The autopsy will be perform