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Minnesota Cremation Process Questions

We received a multi-part question regarding the cremation process and it's timelines in Minnesota.

1) Does a medical exam need to happen if natural death occurs?

Minnesota Cremation process and timeline There is a chance that you might need an autopsy (a medical examination of the body). If there are any questions about the death, or if there is a need for more information, an autopsy will be performed by the medical examiner or coroner. There are many situations that trigger autopsies, such as:

  • suspicious deaths
  • determining the cause of death if there had been no medical diagnosis before death
  • determining if death was caused by a hereditary illness to help the family
  • providing legal evidence, such as if a work environment, or medical service, contributed to the death
  • families requesting autopsies to ease their mind

An autopsy can generally be done within 24 hours, although it might take weeks to receive the actual report. See the Minnesota Statues on Death Investigations for more information:

2) Can my body be immediately cremated and given to my family members in an urn of their choice?

Funeral homes will pick up the body and transfer the body to the funeral home for cremation. If there are no extenuating circumstances, it generally takes 2-4 business days for cremation.

Your family can then pick up the cremated remains from the funeral home, if you desire. Funeral homes could have shipping options, also.

At Gill Brothers Funeral and Cremation Services, we put the cremated remains in either a temporary cardboard or plastic urn that we provide, in an urn provided by the family, or in urn(s) that you can purchase. We also providing shipping and courier services.

3) Can you have a simple service a church before the cremation?

Funeral homes, such as Gill Brothers, can work with you to help you have a service at your church. If you want a viewing of the body, we can also help you with that. You might want to think about embalming. If you choose to not embalm the body, the cremation will need to take place within 72 hours after being released.

4) What are the costs for transport fees to the cremation location from death location?

These costs vary. At Gill Brothers, the costs of transferring the body within the 7 county metro area is included in our Simply Cremation package. If the body is over 400 pounds, or if the body is not located with the 7 county metro area, additional charges could occur. Please contact us for more information.

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