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Why Do Hospitals Want to Hold on to Dead Bodies?

Final Rights Blog
By Lisa Carlson
February 17, 2012

Reclaiming the American Way of Death

While most people would prefer to die at home, nearly half the deaths in the U.S. either occur or are confirmed in a hospital. With the growing interest in home funerals, more and more families want to take charge of this intimate and critical life event. One pediatric oncology nurse says she’s seen a dramatic difference in healing when parents who have lost a child have had a hands-on funeral experience.

And yet some hospitals refuse to release a dead body to anyone but a funeral director, someone who may even be a stranger to the family. Why?

Read the full article in the Final Rights Blog