Autopsy

When the causes of illness have not been diagnosed before a person’s death, doctors with the permission of the next of kin, may perform an autopsy.  Often an autopsy leads to enlightening observations.  Because of this the Orthodox Church does not prohibit autopsies, although a body may not be given strictly for medical research or experimentation.  Because the human body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit, the Orthodox Church insists that those who perform the autopsies accord the utmost respect to the body.