Can I request a viewing of my family member?
We do not allow viewings at our facility; however, in situations where an immediate family member questions the identification or otherwise wishes to assist in the identification process, that person may make a written or electronic request for an “Identification Meeting” pursuant to A.R.S §11-597.01 (Abby’s Law).

Request for an “Identification Meeting” must be made in writing to the Office of the Medical Examiner by an immediate family member. “Immediate family member” is defined in §11-597.01 as a person 18 years of age or older who is the decedent’s:
- Spouse
- Child
- Parent
- Grandparent
- Grandchild
- Sibling
- Legal guardian

The request may be delivered via mail, in person during normal business hours (8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday), or faxed to 602-372-8696.

For additional information on this process please call 602-506-3322. Note: only a photograph for identification can be provided; we do not allow physical viewings.

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1. Print a PDF version of the Information for Next of Kin pamphlet:
2. Why is the Office of the Medical Examiner involved?
3. Why is the death being investigated?
4. How are bodies transported for examination, and where?
5. What comprises an 'examination' and when is it performed?
6. What if I do not want an autopsy of my family member?
7. Can I request an autopsy of my family member?
8. Is an open casket viewing possible after an autopsy has been completed?
9. How is the time of death determined?
10. What is toxicology testing?
11. Do I have to identify my family member at the Office of the Medical Examiner?
12. Can I request a viewing of my family member?
13. When and how is my loved one released to a funeral home or mortuary?
14. If I cannot select a funeral home or mortuary will the Office of the Medical Examiner provide one?
15. How do I receive personal effects?
16. How quickly will cause and manner of death be determined?
17. How do I obtain a copy of Medical Examiner Reports? How long does it take?
18. How do I receive death benefits if the cause and manner of death is pending?
19. How do I obtain a copy of the Death Certificate?
20. I still have questions or need assistance regarding the death of a loved one. Who can help me?