When a death is referred to the coroner
A death will be referred to the coroner if it's:
- violent, or
- the cause of death is unusual or unclear
When a death is referred to the coroner, it can sometimes delay the funeral. The length of the delay will depend on if there is:
- a post-mortem (autopsy)
- a police investigation
- a coronial inquiry
Arranging a funeral
At this time, the family or friends may contact a funeral director to begin arranging the funeral. The funeral director should be told that the coroner is involved.
Family should not set a date for the funeral until they receive confirmation from the coroner as to when the deceased will be released into the care of their nominated funeral director.