Support for families
People react to death differently and grieve in very individual ways. If you’re concerned about yourself, or someone else, many organisations can give you support and advice.
Coronial Family Services
Coronial Family Services is part of Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services. Skilled counsellors provide information and support to relatives and close friends of people whose deaths are being (or have been) investigated by a coroner.
Counsellors can provide information about:
- the coronial process
- the autopsy process, including possible organ and tissue retention
- the cause of death
- referrals to local support groups and services.
They can also provide support during identification and viewings.
Coronial Family Services is based in Brisbane but provides assistance by telephone to people outside Brisbane. Contact them on (07) 3096 2794 or 1800 449 171, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other support organisations
Many organisations throughout Australia offer support to relatives and friends that experience sudden and unexpected deaths. View a list of support organisations.
You may wish to seek independent legal advice about your options regarding a coronial investigation. You can contact:
- Legal Aid Queensland for information and referral for legal advice, and advice on whether you qualify for free legal aid
- Queensland Law Society for names of legal firms in your area that specialise in inquests and coronial law
- Community Legal Centres Queensland for the nearest community legal service available to you
- Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH).
- Funeral assistance is available if you can’t afford the funeral of a loved one.