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Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Undertakers Death Certificate
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2007 08:30:46 EDT


Most people died at home prior to the 1920's, and it was the undertaker who
initiated the death certificate and got the physician to sign it. Even now, a
hospice patient may die at home being attended by family & hospice staff. The
doctor may or may not be there, but will sign the death certificate typed out
by the undertaker. The undertaker will remove the body and take it to the
doctor's location if needed. In the city of Chicago, the law does not allow an
undertaker to 'remove' a body without a signed death certificate, but most
suburbs do allow it. If a doctor has not 'attended' the patient within 30 days,
the coroner must be notified before the doctor can sign the death certificate,
even when the death is from natural causes. The laws vary depending upon
jurisdiction of the locality.

I know about these things because I'm a registered nurse.

Kathleen Richmond
Oak Forest IL


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