How long after autopsy is body released?
Generally, most decedents are available for release within two to three days. However, there are times when the release may be delayed for various reasons beyond our control. Your Funeral Director will coordinate the release on your behalf. Is an autopsy needed?
How long can a funeral home keep a body?
Some families opt to hold the funeral and burial as soon as 24 hours after their loved one’s passing. For others, the time between death and the funeral service is around 2-3 days. With proper refrigeration and care at the funeral home, the body will stay preserved until this point.
What happens to a body in a sealed casket?
If the coffin is sealed in a very wet, heavy clay ground, the body tends to last longer because the air is not getting to the deceased. If the ground is light, dry soil, decomposition is quicker. As those coffins decompose, the remains will gradually sink to the bottom of the grave and merge.