My 87 year old grandad had a fall in the garden a week last Saturday...he broke his neck and was paralyzed from the neck down. He died on Thursday in hospital as the nerve controlling breathing was compressed with swelling. We fully expected a post mortem as he was otherwise physically well. Today we have been told the report says cause of death bronchial pneumonia due to compressed spinal cord. OK, sounds right. Apparently there now needs to be an inquest. Can anybody tell me why this needs to be done if the cause of death is known? Also they said we can go ahead and cremate him which is good news. I've just got awful thoughts about my poor bereaved 86yr old Nanna being questioned by police! I'm just really confused by it all. TIA
So it's not a case of them necessarily thinking his death was suspicious? I looked on Internet before posting here but was still confused as I thought if an inquest was needed then the body wouldn't be released, or at the very least burial only. I thought an inquest was held when cause of death couldn't be explained...but in this case it can!
Sorry for your loss I am in this position too. Lost my mum in March. She had a funny turn/fall which caused a bleed on the brain. We had a post mortom and they have opened and adjourned an inquest. Think it was explained to us thattalthough they have established the medical cause of death they also need to determine the legal cause of death. Still waiting for contact to determine date so as others have said it may take a while. However, it shouldn't delay funeral. (although we had a burial)