Death Involving The Coroner - Coroner's Cases
In the case of a sudden, unexpected or industry related death, a Coroner is required to investigate the circumstances of death. It then becomes the Coroner's responsibility to determine how and why an individual died.
A death can also be referred to the Coroner if the deceased had an operation within the last year of their life, if they died within 24 hours of admission into hospital or if they had not seen a doctor in the last 14 days prior to death.
If a deceased has been taken into the Coroner's care, a date for the funeral cannot be made until Coroner has completed their investigation.
The Coroner will review the information and will discuss the case with the deceased's doctors. They may decide that a post-mortem examination is not required in which case the death will be referred back to the hospital doctors or to the deceased's GP in which case a medical certificate of death will be issued and you will be able to contact the registrar to make an appointment.
If the Coroner
that a post-mortem is required then the Coroners officers will contact you to inform you of this decision.
Once a post-mortem has taken place the Coroners officers will contact you to say that you can go ahead with the funeral arrangements. They will forward all relevant documentation to the funeral director, which means a date for the funeral service can then be booked. If a post-mortem has taken place, the Coroner will also inform the registrar. The registrar will then contact you to make an appointment to register the person's death.
The Coroner and their officers are working in your interest and will endeavour to keep you up to date with any issues which may affect the funeral arrangements. Should you need to speak with them, they can be contacted at:
HM Coroner's Office
New Bridge House
60 – 68 New London Road
Telephone: 03330 135000
In some instances an inquest, which is a formal public enquiry into the medical cause and circumstances of death, may also be necessary. Should an inquest be required then the Coroner will issue an interim certificate which will allow the funeral arrangements to begin. In this case, registration cannot happen until the inquest has been closed. Once the inquest is complete and the cause of death has been established, registration can then take place.
For immediate assistance contact us on our 24 hour, 7 day a week telephone numbers
Rayleigh: 01268 743102 / Southend (Thorpe Bay) : 01702 586383
Essex County Death Registration Services
0845 603 7632