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When Will the Cause of Death Be Finalized?

The forensic pathologist can sometimes determine the cause of death and issue a final death certificate following the initial examination. If additional tests or investigation is necessary to certify the death, a ‘Pending’ death certificate will be issued.  These additional tests may take several weeks for analysis. Thank you for your patience.

An amended death certificate will be issued listing the final cause of death when the autopsy report is finalized.  Official copies of the amended death certificate may be obtained from the funeral home that handled your arrangements, the local health department or the Office of Vital Records in Salt Lake City.  A listing of local health departments can be found here.

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