FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHY DO PEOPLE ELECT TO HAVE A PRIVATE AUTOPSY PERFORMED ON THEIR LOVED ONE?
In a single word, answers. Most people requesting an autopsy after a loved ones's death have unanswered questions regarding the person's health prior to death and what eventually caused the death to occur. Others have lingering questions about the care and treatment the family member received prior to their death. Ultimately, a private autopsy is the only way to communicate with the one who has passed on. It gives them a voice, not only to reveal their own cause and manner of death but a voice to notify their family about future health issues that could impact their own wellness so they can take the necessary steps to safeguard themselves.
WHAT IS DONE DURING A PRIVATE AUTOPSY?
During the private autopsy, the pathologist conducts a thorough external examination and charts any unusual or remarkable findings. In addition. They examine all the internal organs and structures of the body; specimens of these organs and other body fluids will be obtained and processed for the microscopic exam and toxicological analysis. After all testing is completed and the results reviewed, the pathologist will dictate the final conclusion in a report to be presented to the family.
ARE WE STILL ABLE TO HAVE A VIEWING IF A PRIVATE AUTOPSY IS PERFORMED?
Yes. There is no part of the private autopsy procedure that would prevent viewing. After the private autopsy is complete, we will arrange transportation to the funeral home of your choice so they may begin funeral arrangement preparations.
WHO HAS THE AUTHORITY TO REQUEST A PRIVATE AUTOPSY?
Only the legal next-of-kin, following the law of succession, has the right to request an autopsy be performed.
WHY SHOULD I SELECT ACC TO PERFORM MY LOVED ONE'S PRIVATE AUTOPSY
ACC provides professional death investigation services to the private sector. This means we are working for you and together we are seeking the truth. Finally, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you selected the best team assembled to investigate the facts surrounding the life and death of someone you loved.
WHEN SHOULD ACC BE NOTIFIED IF I ELECT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH A PRIVATE AUTOPSY FOR MY LOVED ONE?
As soon as possible after death has been pronounced. Most hospital and nursing facilities request the name of a funeral home to be notified in case of a patient's death. ACC will coordinate with the funeral home of your choice, so no matter which one of us gets the first call if your wishes are made known, the other will be notified. It is important that you communicate this request to your funeral home as the private autopsy must be completed before any embalming preparations have begun.