Depending on your relationship with the family, you may have to first identify yourself and your relationship to the deceased. You can convey your sympathy and if fitting, talk about fond memories with that person and offer kind words.
There are many ways to show the family that you are thinking of them in their time of need. Some examples are flowers, food, charitable donations, sympathy cards, phone calls, emails and online condolences.
The funeral home can provide the executor/estate administrator/legal next of kin with copies of the Funeral Directors Proof of Death Certificates. An official Certificate of Death can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar General for a fee.
Yes. There are times when the attending physician may ask permission to perform an autopsy or the family may request an autopsy be performed. In these instances, the written consent of the family is required before an autopsy can take place. Autopsies sometimes delay the visitation period for families, but do not necessarily affect the choice of an open casket. There is a cost to the family if they request the autopsy.