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    Indigent Interment Services

    Legal responsibility for interment of a decedent rests with the next of kin as determined pursuant to A.R.S. §36-831. The County may provide interment services for circumstances in which the next of kin are found to be financially unable to pay for arrangements or in which the decedent is unclaimed or abandoned. If you are the legal next of kin and you believe you are unable to pay for arrangements, the Indigent Interment Program (IIP) Coordinator at the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner will explore the available alternatives with you to ensure a proper and dignified disposition.

    Financial Assistance with Services

    One option is to apply for assistance through the Pima County Indigent Interment Program. To determine if you are eligible for assistance through this program you must fully complete the application for assistance and return it to the Program Coordinator as soon as possible. You will also need to provide financial information and documentation to process your request for assistance. The assistance application, application instructions and list of required documentation can be downloaded below.

    Financial assistance application 

    The completed application may be submitted to the IIP Coordinator via email, mail, fax, or in person. IIP Coordinator contact information and instructions are included in the application.

    Based upon the information you provide, and that which is gathered by our IIP Coordinator, a decision will be made regarding eligibility for assistance within five business days of receipt of the application.

    Body Donation for the Advancement of Education and Research

    As an alternative to financial assistance, body donation for the advancement of education and research is a viable option at no cost to the decedent’s family. Information concerning organizations that offer body donation in Arizona are listed here. 


    Do you have questions? Check our FAQs page for answers to common questions or contact us during business hours.
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    Office of Medical Examiner

    2825 E. District St.
    Tucson, AZ 85714

    (520) 724-8600


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