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The Coroner

In some circumstances, such as sudden death or when the G.P. has not seen the deceased during the last 30 days, the Coroner may require an investigation. Under such circumstances, different procedural requirements and registration procedures will be necessary.

If the death has been referred to a Coroner and a post-mortem examination has established that the death is due to natural causes, the Coroners Officer will arrange for the necessary forms to be at the Registrars Office before you attend. Therefore you will not need to collect any paperwork from either the G.P. or the hospital.

Should the Coroner find the death was not due to natural causes then an inquest would be held to establish:-

- The identity of the deceased.

- When, where and how the death occurred.

- The cause of death.


Usually, an inquest will be adjourned to allow the funeral service to take place. Once all relevant facts have been established the inquest will be reopened. During this time the coroner will issue to the funeral director the necessary forms for burial or cremation. It is normal for the Coroners office to send an interim death certificate to the family for bank and insurance purposes.

We understand that a sudden death together with the Coroners involvement can be distressing and we will on your behalf liaise with the Coroners Office at all stages to keep you informed.

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