Inquest Handbook

"I found your site and then sent for your handbook. It is BRILLIANT packed with everything I needed help and advice about. Now a part of my resource kit which I use to help clients with. I also gave a client your number and she in turn got her own book and has found it invaluable. So, I just wanted to say thank you and please continue your great work." - Bereavement volunteer, Plymouth

This free guide is available to all bereaved families and friends who have been affected by a sudden death involving an inquest. The handbook was developed in collaboration with bereaved people and other specialist advice agencies, and offers a comprehensive guide to the coroners’ inquest system in England and Wales.

It includes information and advice on:

  • what happens after a sudden death
  • post-mortem examinations and the rights of bereaved people
  • the process before and during an inquest, including when you may need legal advice and how to find and fund it
  • coping with a death and an inquest
  • contentious deaths in police and prison custody, immigration detention, mental health settings and deaths involving multi-agency failings or where wider issues of state and corporate accountability are in question

There is also a comprehensive contacts section listing other sources of help and information, further reading and a directory of voluntary, government and professional organisations.

Access the Inquest Handbook

Advice agencies and Citizens Advice Bureaus can request copies to pass on to bereaved people at a cost of £2.00 for administration and postage costs in the UK. Statutory organisations and individuals such as academics and researchers can order copies at a cost of £10.00 each including postage and packing in the UK. Please contact us for costs for delivery outside the United Kingdom or for large bulk orders.

Order the Inquest Handbook by contacting us here.  

Skills and Support Toolkit

"The Skills and Support Toolkit can provide you with practical advice needed to continue and maintain your day to day life at a time when even the simplest of tasks can seem insurmountable, or help you develop the skills needed to mount a campaign." - Mother of a child who died in prison

The free online toolkit was produced with the help of families whose relative died in custody or detention and is designed to help bereaved people develop the skills they might need while also coping with the aftermath of a death in state care. The toolkit includes helpful information about planning, researching and keeping a diary, communicating with officials, dealing with media interest, mounting a campaign and much more.

Access the Skills and Support Toolkit