The legal next of kin is responsible to select and contact the funeral home. The funeral director can help you with the remaining details. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office (SCMEO) is not able to recommend a funeral home or cremation service. A list of licensed providers can be located at the Washington State Department of Licensing business and professional licensing search.
Once you have selected a funeral home, please let them know that the decedent is under the jurisdiction of the SCMEO. Please call our office at 425-438-6200 to confirm your authorization to release to the funeral home you have chosen.
The Medical Examiner's Office will contact the funeral home when the decedent is ready for release. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office attempts to release the deceased as soon as possible after the examination is complete as long as a funeral home has been selected by the family.
Our facility is not designed to handle viewings for bereaved relatives. We use scientific methods of identification and do not require a visual identification. Arrangements for viewing should be made with your funeral director.