Bernadette Week

5 star rating

“Very well presented ”

“Very well presented ”

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Constance Page

5 star rating

“Loved the course! Presentation was awesome!. Thank you!”

“Loved the course! Presentation was awesome!. Thank you!”

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David Bradley

5 star rating

“Easy to understand and follow. Great beginning level course!”

“Easy to understand and follow. Great beginning level course!”

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Course Fee

Course Summary

This course is approved for 1 hour of continuing education credits by Missouri POST and 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 

Course Summary

Death notifications can be some of the hardest conversations you will ever have. The emotional toll on you and the surviving family can be forever engraved in your mind. How you make the notification is vital to the grieving process and can carry legal and moral responsibilities to you and your agency. This course will cover the best practices in making a death notification.

Four key aspects of proper death notification are ‘In-Person, In-Time, In-Paris and In-Plain Language’. This course will cover these aspects as well as; ensuring proper decedent identification, locating proper next-of-kin, and the proper steps in notifying surviving family in the workplace.

Done incorrectly, death notifications can lead to civil liability for your department as well as yourself. This course will guide you through the most common areas of mistakes in the notification process.


This is an online video training and is designed to be interactive with students by random quizzes and a final exam. Student login and time are tracked per student to verify the time spent in the course if needed.   Testing cannot be done until the videos are 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. 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

    We Regret to Inform you

    • We Regret to Inform You - The Karen Schmoyer Story

    • Death notification – Breaking the bad news

  • 03

    Proper Death Notification Practices

    • Proper Death Notification Practices Part 1 (20 minutes)

    • Proper Death Notification Practices Part 2 (15 minutes)

  • 04

    Quiz: Proper Death Notification Practices

    • Quiz: Proper Death Notification Practices

    • 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 your refund 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.


Darren Dake is a law enforcement professional with over 35 years of experience in criminal and medicolegal death investigations. Darren has worked in both the law enforcement realm of investigations as well as in the role of senior investigator with the Coroner’s office for 24 years, and now serves as the elected Coroner. This combined investigative experience has uniquely established Darren as an expert in investigations which allows him to consult and teach internationally on investigation practices and procedures.

Darren Dake, D-ABMDI, CI, CCI

Senior Instructor