Tag Archives: Autopsy

Tangihanga: A Look Into a Traditional Maori Funeral

How one of the world's most remarkable cultures approaches expected and unexpected loss

The Maori people are an indigenous group of Polynesian New Zealanders whose ancestry can be traced all the way back to the 13th century. Due to centuries of isolation, the Maori have established a distinct society of characteristic art, language and … Continue reading

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How Can a Family Best Work with a Coroner or Medical Examiner? Interview with Judy Melinek, Part Two

Working with a professional when an autopsy is required

Today, SevenPonds completes our interview with Judy Melinek, M.D., a forensic pathologist who does autopsies for the Alameda County Sheriff Coroner’s Office in California. (Read part one of the interview here.) Dr. Melinek has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and … Continue reading

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How Can a Family Best Work with a Coroner or Medical Examiner? Interview with Judy Melinek, Part One

A medical examiner shares Information about death investigations

Today, SevenPonds speaks with Judy Melinek, M.D., a forensic pathologist who does autopsies for the Alameda County Sheriff Coroner’s Office in California. Dr. Melinek has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She … Continue reading

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Book Review: Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek, M.D. and T.J. Mitchell

Judy Melinek shares how her career as a pathologist has colored her understanding of life and death

Judy Melinek’s Working Stiff is the kind of memoir that reads like a season of the TV show “CSI”. In her book, she writes how her experience as a forensic pathologist has led her to uncover murder plots, medical accidents … Continue reading

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Book Review: Tomorrow Comes by Donna Mebane

In Tomorrow Comes, Donna Mebane tries to make sense of the sudden death of her daughter, imagining how she spends time in heaven

The unthinkable happened to Donna Mebane: her 19 year-old daughter Emma died suddenly in her sleep. She wasn’t sick; she simply went to bed one night and never woke up. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare come true. Emma Mebane left … Continue reading

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Corruption and Incompetence in the Coroner’s Office

Many coroners do not provide quality end of life investigation

Massively controversial but often overlooked is the institution of the coroner. Inherited from Great Britain back in colonial days, the position originated as the King’s investigator who kept track of deaths and, more importantly, collected some last death taxes. Today … Continue reading

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