The Coroner’s contracted funeral director will attend the place of death to take the person who has died to the Coroner’s mortuary and you should not make any firm funeral arrangements until one of the Coroner’s officers has told
you it is safe to do so. An autopsy examination will be held by a pathologist at the mortuary to ascertain the cause of death; this will be performed as soon as is practically possible which is usually within 2 working days of the death. If the
pathologist is able to ascertain a cause of death that is natural and raises no unusual questions that must be explored, the Coroner will release the deceased to the family's chosen funeral directors and will issue a cause of death certificate
to the Registry Office for the district where the death occurred (irrespective of where the deceased or family live). One of the Coroner’s officers will speak with the deceased’s family about the cause of death, what it means and answer
any questions they may have. The family will now be free to confirm funeral arrangements and to attend the Registry Office to register the death.