When will I know the cause of death?
It is common for the medical cause of death to be undetermined at the time of autopsy. If the cause of death is listed as "pending," it is because we have to do further testing on tissue and body fluid samples that are retained during the autopsy. This does not delay the release of the body for burial or cremation. However, you can expect that the cause of death will be pending for probably six to eight weeks. If you are in need of death certificates for legal matters other than life insurance you can order copies with the cause of death pending. Please speak to your mortuary or cremation service staff about ordering them. For more information please call 530-265-1321.

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1. What makes a death a coroner’s case?
2. Where is our loved one being taken?
3. When will I know the cause of death?
4. Where do I get a death certificate?
5. When will the body be released?