When a coroner (you know, a person who handles dead people for a living,) sends you an invitation to ask her any and every question you can think of, you quickly accept. (In fact, you send back an RSVP for you and everyone you have ever met, then show up with drinks and snack tray, ready for a good time.)

Jacquie, a deputy coroner from Yorkville, Illinois has extended this bold offer to you in hopes you will accept.  With over twenty years of experience in the death industry (I just made that term up, I think) and a level 16 master in Advanced Death Investigations, Jacquie is about at legit as it gets. She’s a certified Medicolegal Death Investigator by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. Basically, if it has to do with death, Jacquie knows about it. Really. If you have questions about corpses, autopsies, body preparation, death investigations, cases she has worked, death certificates, embalming, the job itself, interesting ways people die, murders, suicide, how to prepare for death, or just about anything else death related, Jacquie’s got you covered. Just ask!

So, go ahead and get thinking. What do you want to know?

If you’ve come up with something, go ahead and pop over to the “ASK” tab. (Click the menu tab on the top right corner of this page.) Type in your question and click submit. You can also be super hip and ask any questions on Twitter using hashtag #askacoroner.

We’ll be posting weekly updates with all of the morbidly fascinating answers from Jacquie, so be sure to subscribe (that handy button on the left) to the blog or check back in next week!

The widespread interest in Jacquie’s answers prompted this website to be created. However, Jacquie’s primary passion and focus is on her job as deputy coroner. She is committed to helping the families she encounters and using her skills to find answers in a time of need. Educating and informing people is secondary, but equally as important. Her experiences provide her with a unique perspective and important advice. This is also a place for Jacquie to talk about her work as a coroner and share experiences that she feels may help or educate others. She is passionate about helping people affected by death. This is what her life is all about.