What should I do now?

Notify other kin and friends of the deceased. If the deceased has a Will, refer to it for potential instructions. Wills are often kept in safe-deposit boxes, at home in a safe place, or at the office of the attorney who prepared the will.


Select a funeral home. Call and make an appointment to speak with a funeral director. Inform the funeral director that the death is being handled by the Coroner's Office.

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1. Why is the Coroner involved?
2. Where will my relative/friend be taken?
3. Why is my family member/friend being taken to the Coroner's Office
4. What is an autopsy?
5. Will an autopsy be performed?
6. Who will perform the autopsy?
7. Will the autopsy affect funeral arrangements?
8. How will an autopsy benefit me or my family?
9. How long will it take before my relative/friend is released from the Coroner's Office?
10. Could there be a religious conflict?
11. What about tissue/organ donation?
12. Will the Coroner charge me?
13. Is it necessary for me to come to the Coroner's Office to identify the body?
14. Is viewing or visitation allowed?
15. When will a death certificate be available?
16. Where can I obtain a death certificate?
17. Will a Coroner's report be available?
18. How can personal possessions be claimed?
19. What items will not be released?
20. I need to enter my relative/friends residence, but it is sealed. What can I do?
21. What should I do now?
22. Who is the legal next of kin?
23. My relative/friend was in the military. Who can I contact for information?
24. What can I do if there are no funds for burial?
25. How can the Public Administrator benefit me or my family?
26. What will the Public Administrator cost?