Whilst the passing of a loved one is always sad, there are some cases that are more traumatic than others. In the event of an unexpected death, the Coroner’s Court of Western Australia will get involved. Depending on the situation, there are several options, but the standard procedure goes as follows:
When someone passes away unexpectedly, the deceased will be taken to the State Mortuary. There, an autopsy will take place to determine the cause of death.
When we are asked to conduct the funeral, we will apply to the Coroner’s Office for the body to be released. It usually takes between 1-2 weeks for the Coroner’s Office to release the body into our care.
While we are waiting for the Coroner’s Office to complete their investigation, we will have been in contact with the family and arranged the funeral as much as possible. As soon as we receive a Coroner’s Release Form authorising the release of the body, we are able to set a date for the funeral.
Once we have transferred the deceased into our care, the funeral arrangements proceed as normal.