A coroner will become involved if the death is unexpected, unexplained or part of a wider incident but there are other less obvious triggers that may result in a coroner being called. These may include:
- A death where a GP hasn’t seen the patient within the 2 weeks period prior to death
- The death of someone who has been subject to a ‘Deprivation of Liberty’ order. This can sometimes apply to people in nursing homes.
- Death as a result of a recent operation
Do not worry if a coroner is involved, sometimes they may simply need to discuss the circumstances of death with those involved. If this happens the deceased can often be released fairly quickly and funeral arrangements can commence with little or no delay.
In cases where a post mortem is needed then there is typically a delay of a few days before the results are known.
In cases where the death is due to violence, unnatural or unknown causes or where it occurs in legal custody (such as with a ‘Deprivation of Liberty’ order) there will need to be an inquest to establish the facts around the death.
In all cases the coroner will keep close family members informed at all stages and will be able to advise you about Registering the death and when the funeral can proceed.