Can I say no to an autopsy?
The Medical Examiner has legal authority to decide if an autopsy will be performed. However, we certainly wish to respect the wishes and concerns of you and your family during this difficult time. We encourage you to call and discuss your particular situation with the Medical Examiner, as part of his or her decision making process. If you do object to an autopsy you should contact our office as soon as possible at 509-477-2296 and advise us of your concern.

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1. Can I say no to an autopsy?
2. How do I find out about organ and tissue donation?
3. How do I find the Medical Examiner's Office?
4. How do I get the personal effects back?
5. How do I obtain a copy of an autopsy report?
6. How do I obtain a Death Certificate?
7. How much will Medical Examiner services cost?
8. What do I do with the residence?
9. What happens during the autopsy?
10. What if I need more time to select a funeral home?
11. What if I want an autopsy, but the Medical Examiner doesn’t want to do one?
12. Where can I get help with clean up of a residence after a death?
13. Where will the body be taken?
14. Who are the people removing the body?
15. Why do an autopsy?
16. Will an autopsy effect funeral preparations?
17. Will an autopsy delay the funeral?