Seminar: "Autopsy, Bereavement and the Jewish Community"
From the 2012 ICCFA Annual Convention
Respect for the body of the deceased, or keval he-met, is the guiding principle for Jewish funeral and burial customs. What are the implications of this when an autopsy is required or recommended? How can the funeral director best guide the family in autopsy cases?
In this session, presented in conjunction with the Jewish Funeral Directors of America, Dr. Ben Margolis will share his insights on:
• bereavement in the Jewish community
• respect for the deceased in the Jewish community
• basics regarding the autopsy
• the general role of autopsy in general bereavement: alleviating guilt, anger and confusion
• reconciling family bereavement needs and Jewish law: the role of the autopsy in "saving lives," or planning for the living
• practical issues for funeral directors and families: consents, timeliness for burial, family right to determine extent of autopsy, when the hospital asks for an autopsy
Ben Margolis, M.D., operates a private autopsy practice in Chicago, Illinois. The philosophy behind his practices is that families come first and that each family's place in the process of bereavement guides the manner of the interaction. He earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and his medical doctorate from the University of Chicago. He is an Illinois licensed physician and was board certified as a pathologist in 1999.
Any handouts from this presentation are included in the download or on the CD.