Postmortem Confidentiality: An Ethical Issue

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In an era of increased need and expectation for confidentiality, the counseling record of the deceased client challenges confidentiality. Using ethical codes and legal mandates, the authors explore whether the counseling record of a deceased client should be released when the client's will and the client's counseling records are silent on this issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-420
Number of pages4
JournalThe Family Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2011


  • confidentiality
  • ethical dilemma
  • informed consent
  • postmortem confidentiality
  • record release


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