Funeral Arrangements

Funeral Arrangements

The Autopsy Service typically does not call the family or funeral home. It is the responsibility of the family to contract with a funeral home or cremation service to have their loved one picked up from the Yale New Haven Hospital. The facility chosen by the family will contact the Autopsy Service to coordinate the pick-up of the patient.

The Department of Consumer Protection has information on funeral homes and cremation services. Please contact a funeral home or cremation service regarding financial concerns and potential state or federal benefits. Public Act 04-255 specifies what is expected of funeral directors in the state of Connecticut.

Yale New Haven Hospital cannot recommend a funeral home or cremation service.

Unclaimed Patients

The family must make arrangements with a licensed funeral director or licensed embalmer within three days of the patient passing. After three days, the Autopsy Service will work with Patient Relations and attempt to locate a next of kin to take responsibility for the burial or cremation. If no next of kin is identified, the Autopsy Service will initiate the process set forth by the state of Connecticut for unclaimed patients.