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Unexpected Deaths

In certain circumstances a death may occur unexpectedly and we have put together some information  to help you in such situations.

When someone has died unexpectedly in a hospital the body will be kept in the hospital mortuary until all the necessary arrangements have been made and hospital staff have contacted the deceased’s next of kin.

If the death occurs elsewhere the nearest relative, family doctor and the appropriate religious minister will need to be informed. In some cases, the police will also be contacted.

Where further investigation is required as to the cause of a death, it will need to be reported to a coroner. It will not be possible to register the death or arrange the funeral without the coroner’s authorisation. Further investigation will be required if the death occurred:

  • due to an accident or injury
  • during a surgical operation
  • before recovery from an anaesthetic
  • following an unnatural death (eg suicide or drug overdose)
  • suddenly and was unexplained

It should be noted that, if deemed necessary, a coroner can order a post-mortem investigation to find out the cause of death without a relative’s permission.

An inquest is held in the cases where the circumstances of the death need to be investigated further.  Following the conclusion of the inquest, a death certificate will then be issued by the coroner and the death can be registered.