First steps

After a death, a person's body will be taken to either the Lidcombe Mortuary, John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle or a regional hospital, depending on the type of death and the location of the death. The police will advise the family that the Coroner will be investigating the death.

At this time, the family or friends may contact a funeral director to begin arranging the funeral. The funeral director should be told that the Coroner is involved. Family should not set a date for the funeral until they receive confirmation from the Coroner as to when the deceased will be released into the care of their nominated funeral director.

If you wish to object to a post mortem examination being performed, you should advise the police or contact your local coroner as soon as possible.

For general information concerning steps to be taken after someone dies, please click on this link.