If you are registering a death there are sometimes a range of different documents and people involved depending on the circumstances of the death. This section seeks to provide a comprehensive description of the most important documents in order to help guide you through the processes involved.
In addition to the basic forms, there is also a guide to death certificates. Specifically, how to obtain them, what they include, and the significance of the document itself.
The exact processes needed to register a death may also vary depending on whether or not a Coroner has been involved. It is because of this that we also provide information on the role of the coroner, the procedural differences when a coroner has been involved, and what to expect if there is an inquest.
Finally, there is an explanation of post mortems – both why they are sometimes necessary and how to obtain and interpret the results from the coroner. In particular, should you have any objections to a post mortem examination being carried out there is a guide as to how to voice your objections, or alternatively to grant permission for certain types of post mortem.
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Forms and certificates
- When a coroner is not involved
The different Medical Certificates and why they are issued
- When a coroner is involved
The different forms and certificates issued if a coroner has been involved
- About the Coroner
The role and powers of the coroner
- Coroner's inquests
Answers to common questions relating to inquests
- Post mortem
What is a post mortem and why do they happen
- Post mortem examination
Purpose and objections to post motems ordered by the coroner
- Consented post mortem examinations
Examination, permission and purpose
- Obtaining post mortem results
Understanding and obtaining post mortem results from coroners and hospitals