Common Questions About Autopsy

Information for Families

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. 

We have prepared this information to answer some of the common questions that arise about autopsy. If there is anything you do not understand, or if you have any additional questions, please ask the patient's doctor or nurse, or contact patient relations at 617-975-9750.