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Deceased Patients and the Hospital

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The courts recognize the deceased’s next of kin have the rights to possess the dead body for purpose of burial, and to possess the corpse in the same condition as it was found. North Carolina litigation concerning dead bodies has centered on mutilation, unauthorized autopsies, unauthorized embalming, wrongful detention, failure to properly dispose of the body, and unauthorized photographs of the decedent.
Health Law Bulletin (NoCar KFN 7754 A1 H42x), Vol. Issue 56, June 1980, p1-12, f