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Course Fee

Course Summary

This course is approved for 8- hours of continuing education credits by Missouri POST and 5.6 hours by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators -ABMDI

Who Should Take This Course

  • Law Enforcement Patrol Officers/ Supervisors
  • Detectives and Investigators
  • Medicolegal Death Investigators
  • Coroners
  • Interested Students 

This course takes a comprehensive deep dive into the practice of death notification. The instructor discusses the impact a notification has on a survivor and the legal and moral obligations the notifier bears. Further, the course will discuss how deferring agencies; police, coroners, medical staff, and ems lack training in this area and how what training they do receive will many times be at odds with other agencies ' investigative objectives.

The course will also cover the next-of-kin hierarchy and why this it’s legally important and why it’s important to understand the idea of do-no-harm when making notifications.  The course will also discuss safety concerns, best practices, and policy development when it comes to making death notifications. 

Lastly, the instructor spends time discussing the difference and best practices when making specialized notifications such as in-custody death, law enforcement death, child death, high profile deaths, and others.  

Our online video training and is designed to be interactive with students by random quizzes and, in some cases, a final exam. Student login times, location IP, and activity time within the course are tracked per student by Mixpanel to verify the time spent in the course if needed. Videos cannot be fast-forwarded or skipped, and testing cannot be done until the videos are fully watched.  

Many of the videos have a unique symbol or picture that will appear prominently in the video and is part of the test questions, this will ensure the video has been watched, quizzes must be passed with a 100% so missing the proof of watch image will ensure the quiz is not passed and thus the student cannot move forward in the course.   Also, all quizzes are presented in random question-answer order so each quiz attempt will have questions and answers in an order different than previously shown. This prevents students from sharing answers with other students.  

Certificates will only be available for print after the successful completion of the course material. Each certificate will indicate that it was an online training and will note the approval control number and the CLEE hours given.


Course Fee

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Course Introduction and Welcome

    • Content Integrity and Copyright Notice

    • Content and Copyright Notice Acknowledgment

    • Welcome to your new course

    • Join the Private Facebook Community

  • 02

    Introduction and Content Plan

    • Downloadable Presentation Slides

    • Learning Objectives and Course Content Plan (10 minutes)

    • Defining Death Notifications (15 minutes)

    • Coroner and Medical Examiner Jurisdiction (5 minutes)

    • The problem with current death notification practices (6 minutes)

    • Quiz: Insufficient Training and Best Practices

  • 03

    Insufficient Training and Best Practices

    • Absent or Insufficient Training - Part 1 (11 minutes)

    • Absent or Insufficient Training - Part 2 (9 minutes)

    • Lack of Best Practices Part 1 ( 13 minutes)

    • Lack of Best Practices Part 2 (18 minutes)

    • Quiz: Insufficient Training and Best Practices

  • 04

    Do No Harm

    • How Death Notifications Can Cause Harm (12minutes)

    • Do No Harm - Healthcare Workers (12 minutes)

    • Do No Harm - Emergency Services and Law Enforcement (5 minutes)

    • Do No Harm - What Families Expect from Healthcare Notifiers (6 minutes)

    • Do No Harm - What Families Expect from Coroner-Medical Examiners (5 minutes)

    • Do No Harm - What Families Expect From Social Workers, Funeral Homes, and Religious Leaders (6 minutes)

    • Quiz: Do no Harm

  • 05

    The Effect Death Notifications Have on The Notifier

    • Aftereffects of Notifications (10 minutes)

  • 06

    Safety Considerations

    • Safety Consideration Part 1 (13 minutes)

    • Safety Considerations Part 2 - Situational Awareness (11 minutes)

    • Quiz: Safety Considerations

  • 07

    Next-of-Kin Considerations

    • Next-of-Kin Hierarchy (13 minutes)

    • Identifying and Locating Next-of-Kin (9 minutes)

    • Quiz: Next-of-Kin Considerations

  • 08

    Preparing for Death Notification

    • Determining the Notification Team (20 minutes)

    • Ensuring Positive Identification of Decedent (10 minutes)

    • Survivor Questions and HIPPA Considerations (8minutes)

    • Preparing for Notification Environments (7 minutes)

    • Preparing v Timeliness (3 minutes)

    • Quiz: Preparing for Death Notification

  • 09

    Arrival and Notification

    • Arrival and Notification (17 minutes)

    • Notification Language (33 minutes)

    • Best Practices (12 minutes)

    • Quiz: Arrival and Notification

  • 10

    Aftercare - Notifier Well Being

    • Aftercare- Notifier Well-Being (6 minutes)

  • 11

    Specialized Notifications

    • Homicide Notifications (5 minutes)

    • Suicide Notifications (7 minutes)

    • Child Death Notifications (2 minutes)

    • In-Group Notifications (4 minutes)

    • In Custody Deaths (3 minutes)

    • Medical Error Deaths, Workplace Deaths, and Mass Casualty (10minutes)

  • 12

    Thank You and Contact Information

    • Thank You and Contact Information (1 minute)

  • 13

    Reading and Resources

    • Missouri Law Enforcement CLEE Request


  • I’m not currently in this field, can I still take the course?

    Yes. This course is open to students who are wanting to enter the field of death investigation as well as working professionals. It is our goal to help you prepare for the job you are wanting by providing nationally accepted training.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    You will have access to the course material for six months. This, however, does not take into account natural disasters or a major interruption in business.

  • Do we get a certificate at the end?

    The course is an all-inclusive course. So, each student will receive a certificate at the end of all course work denoting credits and approval numbers along with the date of completion.

  • What if I want to talk to someone before I register?

    If you have other questions, please email us or call our academy directly at 1-888-556-0177.

  • What is the refund/exchange policy?

    The refund formula is as follows: Students may request a refund of an online course tuition prior to 30-days after purchase and if less than 50% of the course content has been accessed. Refunds are calculated based on the percentage of accessed content. For example, if 10% completed then a 90% refund will be issued, if 25% completed is 75% refund, and so on. *No refund will be given after 30 days or if completion is 50% or more* Multiple payments for the same course: In cases where the student made extra payment (same course bought multiple times) for the same course, a refund will be issued upon request. There will be a 3.7% transaction cost charged by credit card processor per transaction. All online training courses are tested extensively on all types of systems, browsers, and devices. We can assist you to get started with the course if you are having any trouble.


Dr. Matuszak is an Assistant Professor in the Administration of Justice program at Riverside City College in Riverside, California, where she also coordinates the Criminalistics Learning Laboratory. Dr. Matuszak holds a Ph.D. in Psychology, as well as a Certificate in Investigative Psychology (John Jay College of New York), a Certificate in Human Performance (United States Sports Academy), a Specialization in Logic and Critical Thinking through Duke University, and a Certificate in Fundamental Neuroscience (Harvard University). She is a Peer Reviewer for the United States Department of Justice – Bureau of Justice Assistance and an Associate Researcher for the Center for Homicide Research. Dr. Matuszak also serves as a Faculty Evaluator for the American Council on Education (ACE) for Criminal Justice. Dr. Matuszak also has professional experience as a forensic investigator and crisis counselor and is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, among others. She is also currently completing her first two textbooks, one focusing in investigations and another focusing on performance within justice professions. Dr. Matuszak’s complete CV can be found on her website, https://melissamatuszak.com along with her contact information.

Melissa Matuszak, PhD, CCISM