Why are tubes and other medical devices left in place on the body?

Part of the autopsy is to investigate the proper application of therapeutic devices. Blood, soil and other material may sometimes not be allowed to be washed off as it may hinder the investigation.

Why are tubes and other medical devices left in place on the body?

How do I obtain a certified copy of the death certificate?

The Coroner’s office does not issue copies of the death certificate. Copies can be requested from the funeral home when arrangements are made. As a courtesy to the family, funeral homes offer to obtain the certificates from the Gilmer [...]

How do I obtain a certified copy of the death certificate?

When will the autopsy report be ready and how do I obtain a copy?

Autopsy reports are generally available three (3) to four (4) months from the date of death. The results of toxicology and other studies can take longer. One copy of the autopsy report is available at The Georgia Bureau of [...]

When will the autopsy report be ready and how do I obtain a copy?

What should I do now?

As soon as possible, a funeral home must be selected to handle funeral arrangements for the deceased. These professionals are aware of the difficulties you are experiencing and the stresses that you are under and will assist you with [...]

What should I do now?

What if I can’t afford funeral arrangements?

If your loved one did not have burial funds, the next-of-kin may ask for assistance in government and private sources. Your funeral home can provide you that information.

What if I can’t afford funeral arrangements?

What about military benefits?

People who served in the Armed Forces may be entitled to veterans benefits. Seek more information from the Veterans Administration (VA) at www.cem.va.gov. Your funeral home will also be able to assist with this. For more information, please consult the [...]

What about military benefits?
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