Frequently Asked Questions

Are all deaths in Dauphin County reported to the Coroner's Office?

Where will the body of my loved one be taken?

What do I do now?

What funeral home should I choose?

Are Autopsies always performed in Coroner's cases?

Can the family request an autopsy?

Will an autopsy prevent an open casket funeral?

Is it necessary for me to go to the Coroner's Office to identify the body?

May I come to the Coroner's Office to view the body?

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

When will I know the cause of death?

How do I obtain a copy of the death certificate?

Can a friend make arrangements for the disposition of a decedent if the next-of-kin is unwilling or unable to act?

How long will it take to get a copy of the Coroner's Report and how can I get a copy?

How and when can personal possessions be claimed?

What about organ donation?