You can proceed with funeral arrangements, even if a post mortem is to be conducted. A funeral director normally acts on behalf of the family and will liaise with the Coroner in relation to when the body will be released.
The body cannot be released until the initial post mortem is completed. In some situations, delays may occur because:
further medical tests are required
the body needs to be transported to the Sydney metropolitan area for a specialist post mortem
problems have arisen in confirming the identity of the deceased person
Read about how to arrange a viewing of the deceased person.
If you cannot afford the cost of a funeral, the State of NSW may provide a very basic burial or cremation service. Certain criteria apply. For enquiries about this, please contact the investigating police officer or contact us.