Information for next-of-kin

For close relatives who suddenly lose a spouse, son, daughter, mother, father or another member of the family, the very thought of an autopsy may be hard to bear. However, there may be some comfort in the knowledge that an autopsy may help to determine the cause of death.

In many cases, this knowledge plays an important part in the process of recovering from an unexpected loss, and also aids the grieving process.

This page tells you what happens when the Department of Forensic Medicine performs an autopsy.