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Resolving Unexpected Death and the Role of the Coroner’s Office

A sudden and unexpected death of a loved one is undoubtedly one of the most painful and distressful events of a person’s life. The surviving family may have a desperate need for answers as to how, when and why their loved ones died. Who can they turn to for answers?

In British Columbia, the office of the Coroners Service is responsible for the investigation of all unnatural, sudden and unexpected, unexplained or unattended deaths.  Once the death is reported to the Coroners Service, the Coroner begins a preliminary investigation. The preliminary investigation may lead to one of the following:

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