If the cause of death is established at the time of the post-mortem examination

If the results of the post-mortem examination show a natural cause of death immediately and there is no other reason to open an Inquest (such as the person having died in custody) the Coroner’s involvement will cease at this point. 

We will call you to explain the cause of death and advise you to call the Registrars on 0191 5205553 to make an appointment to register the death and obtain the final death certificate.  Paperwork will be sent to the Registrars from the Coroner’s Officer to inform them of the cause of death. 

We will need to know which funeral director will be looking after the arrangements in order for the Coroner to provide a Mortuary Release form.  This permits the funeral director to collect your relative and take them into their care at their earliest opportunity. 

If there is to be a cremation the Coroner will provide the appropriate paperwork to the funeral director.  If, on the other hand, there is to be a burial you will be provided with the necessary paperwork by the Registrars when you register the death.   ​