Some jurisdictions require the next-of-kin to make the identification in person while others will alleviate some of the trauma to the family by allowing the family member to view a photograph of the face or body. Other jurisdictions suggest the relatives not look at the body until it has been prepared for viewing at the funeral home. Even though this method of identification is the easiest and most common, problems may be encountered. Numerous injuries and decompositional changes may have caused such severe disfigurement that the family may not be able to take a close enough look to make a positive identification.
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