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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Q. How do I obtain a death certificate after the death of a family member?

A. Once the death certificate has been medically certified by this office or certifying physician the death certificate will be sent to the funeral home of choice for state certification and supplied by the funeral home of choice to the family.


Q. How long does it take to get a toxicology or autopsy report back?

A. Depending on the circumstances of the case and the extent of the testing required it could take three or four months.


Q. Can the Coroner's Office recommend a funeral home to a family after the loss of a loved one?

A. No. There are several funeral homes in Mississippi County and to do so would be unethical. This office will provide a list of all the funeral homes in Mississippi County, however, the next of kin can choose a funeral home from any location desired.


Q. Are there funds available to assist a family with the burial or cremation of a loved one?

A. The only circumstance that would allow this office to become involved in the disposition of a person would be a pauper with absolutely no family found or no one to accept responsibility for disposition. In that instance, this office would be required to show due diligence in attempting to locate family and obtain a court order for disposition.


Q. When a family member dies can I just call the funeral home to come pick them up?

A. No. Every death within the county is required by law to be reported to this office. If the death occurs in the home then the appropriate law enforcement agency must be notified as well. Each agency is required to conduct an investigation with the duty of this office to determine the cause and manner of death. That will allow the medical certifier to accurately complete the death certificate. A hospice death does not require the Coroner to respond, however, it is required that the death be reported to this office for release authorization.  Law enforcement will respond to hospice too. The reason for this is to assure that controlled medications are accounted for and destroyed appropriately.