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Most commonly deaths notified to the coroner will be completely natural, however if the cause of death is not certain, an inquest will made.

INQUESTS & CORONERS

When a death is unexpected (sudden death), violent or unnatural, the cause of death is unknown or the person has died whilst detained in police custody/prison/detention centre, it is always referred to the Coroner who will determine if an investigation is necessary.

 

The majority of deaths notified to the coroner are completely natural, but it is a legal requirement in England & Wales and Northern Ireland that the cause of death is known and recorded.

 

Usually the coroner will speak to the nearest relative or their representative, as well as any doctors who have been looking after the person who has died, before deciding if a post-mortem examination is necessary.

POST-MORTEM EXAMINATION

Normally a pathologist will carry out a post-mortem examination of the body.

 

The coroner must release the body as soon as possible, after which you can arrange the funeral.

 

You should let the coroner know in writing if you wish to take the body abroad (including to Scotland and Northern Ireland).

 

If the post-mortem examination shows the cause of death, the coroner will send a form to the Registrar of Births and Deaths stating the cause of death. You can then make an appointment to register the death.

CERTIFIED COPIES OF THE DEATH CERTIFICATE

More commonly referred to as “Death Certificates” the Certified Copy of Death Entry documents are required by banks and other organisations when they ask to see an original death certificate.

 

These organisations will only except originals, so it is recommended you by additional copies at the time you register the death. The price per copy is £4.00 in England and Wales, £8.00 in Northern Ireland and £10 in Scotland if purchased at the time of registration.

 

Costs per copy increase after the Register has been completed.

 

 If there is an inquest, the death is not registered until after the inquest, therefore the coroner will issue you with an Interim Certificate which you can use instead of certified copies.

CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION / NOTIFICATION OF DEATH (Form 36/BD8)

You will be provided with this form which should be completed so that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) can be notified if the deceased was in receipt of a state pension or any other benefits.

 

You will then need to send in your completed form to the DWP.

 

If the coroner is involved, you can still obtain this form from the registrar, even if the death cannot be registered yet.