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Funeral Documentation Medical Certificates and Coroners Documents

In New South Wales there are two types of documentation that can be issued to allow a funeral to take place. Documents can be issued in either of two ways and depend on the circumstances of the death.

 

Natural causes

When the death occurs due to natural causes a registered medical practitioner will issue a document call the “Medical Certificate of Cause of Death”. If the funeral is to be a cremation an additional document is prepared by the same doctor to allow for a cremation. In cremation these two documents are then reviewed by a second Government Approved doctors who completes a Medical Referee's Certificate to allow the cremation.

 

Coroner’s case

In about 10% of funerals the Coroner is involved in the death. In these situations the Coroner will issue relevant documentation for both burial and cremation as necessary. This may delay the funeral by a few days. The coroner may then review the circumstances surrounding the death at their discretion. This is called the Coroner’s Inquest and takes place at a later date. This inquest does not delay the funeral but if this situation applies; you should contact the relevant Coroners Court.

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