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Answers to Common Questions About Autopsy

When someone dies, doctors may ask the family for permission to perform an autopsy. For many families, it is difficult to face this decision during a time of loss and grief. Sometimes, families are not sure why the autopsy is needed, or they have questions about what will happen during the procedure. Families may be concerned about how the procedure might affect funeral arrangements or cultural traditions. To read the answer to some of the common questions that arise about autopsy, click here.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215