In situations where the death appears to be the result of natural causes and there is no evidence of trauma or foul play, one can object to an autopsy being performed. However, without an autopsy, the exact cause of death may never be known and may be listed as "Undetermined" on the death certificate. This may be important as far as insurance is concerned or where there may be an undetected disease process which may have an impact on other family members. Our pathologists are available to speak with you regarding your concern about not having an autopsy performed. Although, whether or not an autopsy is performed is at the discretion of the pathologist.