When a death is reported to the coroner

Information about investigations, inquests and post mortems


When the death is reported to the coroner, they need to make enquiries to find out what happened and how the person died. The coroner will then decide either:

  • the cause of death is clear
  • that a post-mortem is needed
  • to hold an inquest

How we will communicate with you

We understand that this is a difficult time, and we will do our best to provide a compassionate and professional service. If a death is reported to the coroner, one of our coroner's officers will be in touch with you. They will keep you informed of the process every step of the way and will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

For a list of the most frequently asked questions, see the Guide to coroner services on GOV.UK.