If the death was known to be caused by a natural illness but the doctors wish to know more about the cause of death, they may ask the relatives for permission to carry out a post-mortem examination. This is a medical examination of the body which can find out more about the cause of death and should not delay the funeral.
If death followed illness from HIV or AIDS there may be special rules about handling the body. The Terence Higgins Trust can advise on funeral arrangements and offer other practical support. Contact:
Terence Higgins Trust
52-54 Grays Inn Road
London WC1X 8JU
Helpline: 0845 1221 200