When a death is referred to the coroner

A death will be referred to the coroner if it's:

  • sudden
  • unexpected
  • 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.