Life working at a funeral home ~ Autopsy Reports and Death Certificates (Again)
A lot of times I get Asked by families where the autopsy report is. The funeral home does get the autopsy report or do we have access to it. The family must request and pay for it from the medical examiner, here where I live anyway. So if a death cert is pending and family wants the cause of death, getting the autopsy report is good idea. Although it won’t help with life insurance companies or other legal issues, typically they require a death certificate with a cause of death. I had z man whose wife passed last summer, late summer, and her death cert was pending. He would call or stop by on a weekly basis to ask if it had been amended yet. There were a few times that we would call the clerk for him while he was standing there and every time we had to re explain to him what the procedure of obtaining the amended was. He was a nice man and never was upset with us …… he may have gotten a little snippy once because he had been told by others that the funeral home was not doing their job an it does not take that long to get a death certificate……here’s an idea, those of you who do not know what you are talking about…..shut up! It doesn’t take that long to get a death certificate, it takes that long, depending on where you live, to receive an amended death certificate! Also a company that was requesting a death cert from him to tie up some legal/financial affairs was really getting on him about sending in a death cert. This company was a place that we know well and we couldn’t understand why they were telling him that they were not going to pay out money owed to him without an amended death cert…. well come to find out, it was not that they were insisting he present an amended death cert, they needed a CERTIFIED death cert, didn’t matter if it said Pending on it or not, it just had to be certified with raised seal, which we can get as many certified copies you like, but the clerk still charges regardless, so most of the time it is not really worth paying for certified copies of a Pending death cert and then paying again for the amended. But, if/when you are in a similar situation, be sure to ask if, whoever you are dealing with, will accept a certified pending!! This saves a lot of headaches, for everyone!!
On to one more thing…. did anyone see the news about the man in Mississippi who was pronounced head at the hospital and once he arrived to funeral home, he began kicking while in boy bag in embalming room?!?!?!? I would totally shit my pants!
Hope everyone is doing well!