How do we obtain death certificates?

We will complete a portion of the certificate of death to include the date and time of death, place of death and the cause of death. When death is caused by an injury, we provide the injury information. The certificate of death is transferred electronically through the statewide Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS) to the funeral home and their staff completes the document before it is filed with the Health Department.

The funeral home will order as many copies as you may require. The mortuary or cremation service staff will order death certificates for you. The death certificate is issued by the county health department.

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1. Can we come and see him/her?
2. Where is our loved one being taken?
3. Is an autopsy always performed?
4. Why are autopsies performed?
5. Does an autopsy prevent viewing of the body at the funeral home?
6. How long is the body kept at the Coroner's office?
7. What do we do now?
8. What about personal property items?
9. When can we have the funeral?
10. How do we obtain death certificates?
11. Can we contact the Coroner's Bureau?
12. What if the medical cause of death is not found during the autopsy?
13. Are there fees for the Coroner's services?
14. How do we obtain the Coroner's reports (Coroner's Packet)?
15. How do the next of kin of a homeless person get notified if a homeless person dies?
16. What happens when a body can not be identified?
17. How does the Coroner's Office I.D. an unidentified person?