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There is no requirement that the Coroner be in attendance at a death. If a person dies at home, the first telephone call is usually to a doctor. If the person has been treated recently by that doctor, and the doctor is positively able to identify the cause of death, he or she will normally be able to issue a Medical certificate of Death. The next call would typically be to your funeral director. Your funeral director will take immediate steps to transfer the deceased person to the mortuary and will arrange the registration of death. The funeral director will then take care of all the subsequent funeral arrangements.
Coroners are typically only contacted if
1. the police are involved
2. an individual contact the coroner and advises them of the death
3. a medical provider/hospital contacts the coroner.
When the Coroner's department is advised of a death, the department will contact the police, who will in turn arrange for the transport of the deceased to the main mortuary. A report is then prepared by the Police for the Coroner. Then the Coroner seeks to establish the cause of death either by contacting the deceased's doctor or by requesting an autopsy. Another function of the Coroner's court is to establish the identity of the deceased person through formal identification (ie doctor or relative).
Normally a person with a known illness will not require a coroner, or an autopsy.
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