Question: How Long Do Hospitals Keep Dead Bodies?

How long will the hospital keep a dead body?

In many countries, the family of the deceased must make the burial within 72 hours (three days) of death, but in some other countries it is usual that burial takes place some weeks or months after the death.

This is why some corpses are kept as long as one or two years at a hospital or in a funeral home.

What does the hospital do with dead bodies?

When a patient dies, the body is cleaned at the bedside, then placed on a gurney and fully covered with a sheet. The deceased is then transported down the hall to the nearest staff elevator and taken directly to the morgue, which is usually located in the basement.

Do hospitals have morgues?

Big hospitals have big morgues with many refrigerated places for bodies. Small hospitals may have one or two spots for bodies. I have also worked at hospitals that have no morgue.

Who picks dead bodies from homes?

The answer is that it depends on how the person in question died. Typically, if the death was from natural causes and in the presence of family, a funeral home of the family’s choice will go to the home and remove the dead body.