We understand that the inquest process in itself can be difficult. Below is some information that might help you during the inquest, which has been put together with the help of families who have been in similar circumstances to yourself.

Practical tips:

- Have a support network set up (including counselling/bereavement support or friends and family
- Keep a note pad to record questions as they arise
- Take sticky notes so you can pass questions to your solicitor/barrister
- Have tissues and water
- If you are attending the court in person, take a packed lunch and refreshments, as the court's may operate reduced services due to coronavirus
- Arrive early and speak to the clerk about having a room which you can go to between sessions
- You can leave the court room at any point if you need to take a break
- Check travel arrangements including the route to court to avoid diversions and delays.   

Remote Hearings (if not attending in person):

- Make sure you have a good internet connection, and your computer is fully charged 
- Test your camera and microphone the day before you join to check it works 
- Arrange a private line of communication with your lawyer, either by email or WhatsApp so that you can ask questions as they arise during the inquest 
- Put your microphone/audio on mute during the inquest. This will mean that you don’t have to ‘leave’ and re-enter the inquest.  

- Prepare to hear information which may be distressing
- Pace yourself and take regular breaks away from the documents 
- Be in nature  
- Do something different in the evenings to give you a break from the inquest process 
- Write down how you feel even if it is just expletives!
- Be aware that everyone grieves differently and will be at different stages within the family  
- Give each other space  

You can find a list of other sources of support on our website here