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What is the difference between a morgue and a mortuary?
Jun 22, 2019 3:57 PM
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Morgue - a place where the bodies of dead people are kept until they are buried or cremated the city morgue a hospital morgue A morgue and a mortuary are synonymous in British English. In American English, a mortuary is a place where dead people are prepared for burial or cremation and where wakes and funerals are held. (funeral home, funeral parlor)
June 22, 2019
Thanks, Thomas.
June 22, 2019
A morgue is for the temporary storage of corpses, often in a hospital. Bodies are kept in morgues until they are identified, claimed, or until autopsies are performed. Mortuary is sometimes used the same way as morgue--a hospital may call it's morgue a mortuary--but it can also be used to describe a funeral home.
June 22, 2019
So, mortuaries and funeral homes are the same, aren't they?
June 22, 2019
Thanks a lot.
June 22, 2019
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