Historically, the reported sex of a decedent on the death certificate has been determined by the medical certifier or coroner, and attested to as part of the decedent’s medical information.
In cases when a decedent’s transgender identification differed from that indicated at birth or when a decedent’s physical characteristics did not correlate with the decedents self-identified gender, medical certifiers and coroners have been challenged in determining the appropriate sex to enter on a death record. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), only a small percentage of self-identified transgender individuals undergo gender reassignment surgery, making it difficult to determine gender based on physical characteristics.
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Effective 1/1/15 all documents that are notarized require the addition of a notice on the notary acknowledgement. SB 1050 requires a notice to the consumer that the notary is only validating the identity of the signer and not the truthfulness or validity of the underlying document. The link below has the specific verbiage and more details.
Notice on All Notary Acknowledgements
American River College is seeking an assistant professor for the Funeral Service education program. If you – or anyone you know – might be interested in teaching Funeral Service Education, please let them know about this link, which has more information. (Per Dr. Damon de la Cruz, Program Coordinator, Funeral Service Education)
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October 2, 2014 — CFDA Members: Please read the “Guidance for Safe Handling of Human Remains of Ebola Patients in U.S. Hospitals and Mortuaries” (link below). Please share this information with your staff and first call service personnel.