There are two assurances in life. Death, and taxes. It seems King County has now combined to two, to make sure the government get a cut for kicking the bucket.
“The reason we do that is to make sure no one goes to the crematorium or to their grave without society and the family knowing exactly how their loved one died,” says Gareth Johnson, King County Prevention Division Manager.
A death that occurs under mysterious circumstances probably needs an investigation. However when someone is dying of a terminal disease, or a baby is born without developed lungs. Odds are in those later cases, cause of death is already known. Why does the state need to further investigate it and send the bill? Also in many cases, such as this one, why is it “societies” business?