If the death is sudden or the result of an accident and the cause of death is not confirmed, then the doctor will need to notify the Police. The Ambulance service may do this if they have attended at the place of death. It is important that the body not be moved or disturbed until Police have finished their initial investigations. The Police will notify the government appointed undertaker to transfer the deceased to the State Mortuary. At this point, the deceased person is under the care of the Coroner.
The Coroner will then investigate and determine the cause of death. This may involve a post mortem, and the police will give you details of counsellors at the State Mortuary that you can contact to discuss this process further. Once the deceased person has been transferred to the State Mortuary you can contact Above & Beyond Funerals to make funeral arrangements. We will liaise with the Coroner to ascertain when the person can be released into our care and when a funeral can take place. You have the right to contact your funeral director of choice, and you are under no obligation to use the government appointed undertaker that transferred the deceased person to the State Mortuary at the time of death.