Articles of Interest

This section features interesting articles submitted to the Association.

Easy Reference Guide Medical Certifier

Here is a reference guide to help in completing death certificates on Gavers. This takes a step by step approach to completing the Medical Certification portion of the death certificate.

Easy_Reference_Guide_Medical_Certifier_v2 00-1-12-2016

Georgia Violent Death Reporting System Newsletter February 2017

GVDRS Spring Newsletter 2017

Information on Unclaimed Veteran Remains

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) works with Veteran service groups, funeral industry partners, public administrators and other concerned citizens to ensure the dignified burial of unclaimed Veterans. “Unclaimed Veterans” are defined as those who die with no next of kin to claim their remains and insufficient funds to cover burial expenses. A VA pension or other compensation is no longer a pre-requisite for these “Unclaimed Veterans” to receive burial benefits. Click Unclaimed_remains for a step-by-step process for determining eligibility and arranging burial for unclaimed Veterans.

Suicide Bags, also known as “Exit Bags”

Suicide bags are fast becoming one of the most prescribed forms of euthanasia worldwide.  Click on the link for the article.

Attached: Suicide_Bags Click on the link to read the article. (application; 343 KB)

Augusta family seeks answers from GBI about decayed body

Honorable Coroners and Deputy Coroners,

 As District 2 Director of The Georgia Coroner’s Association I wanted to take this opportunity to caution each of you about the importance of documenting and photographing ALL cases that you handle.  Please take the time to read each of these articles that describe an incident that was devastating to a family that lost a loved one.  As Coroner/Deputy Coroner the family entrusts their loved one to your care.  Had our office not had the proper photographic evidence and written documentation the blame for this incident surely would have fallen on the Coroner’s Office.  Due to proper photography, documentation and chain of custody, the responsibility for this tragedy falls elsewhere.  This is the second incident of this nature that I have encountered, the first of which involved a funeral home that was subsequently closed down by the state.  Again the photographs, documentation and chain of custody placed the responsibility elsewhere.

Mark Bowen 

Chief Deputy

Richmond County Coroner’s Office

Augusta, Georgia 30901


Attached: Augusta family seeks answers from GBI about decayed body _ The Augusta Chronicle 1 (application; 111 KB) GBI opens investigation into decayed body at crime lab _ The Augusta Chronicle 2 (application; 118 KB)