How will the body be released?

The Coroner's office releases the body to a funeral home. The next of kin of the deceased person should make arrangements with a funeral home who, in turn, will arrange the transportation for the deceased to the funeral home and obtain the necessary documents for burial or cremation.

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1. Why is a body brought to the coroner's office?
2. When is an autopsy performed?
3. Does the coroner need permission from the next of kin for an autopsy?
4. What is an autopsy and is there a charge for it?
5. How will the body be released?
6. How can a funeral home be selected?
7. Where may the clothing of the deceased be located?
8. How can the personal effects and other valuables of the deceased be obtained?
9. How long does it take for a death ruling to be made?
10. When will the autopsy report be completed?
11. How can coroner records be obtained?
12. Where can copies of death certificates be obtained?