At the end of the post mortem, the coroner will make a report on the death of the child. Some of the parents we interviewed told us that this might take a quite long time before getting it and this might be a very difficult moment for the parents.
“I don’t know if it’s a normal experience, really with the post mortem, stuff in relation to the inquest, but it seemed to be a very drawn out, longer process than what we originally thought it was going to be, which then led to us only getting information about the post mortem three days before the inquest.” (Georgia, baby boy died suddenly)
In addition, often these reports are made in very clinical and complex language. Some of them were able to ask to the same coroner who made it to ask for clarification, but, as not always the coroner is available or is in the same city they have asked to their GP or the Police family liaison officer, who can help during the communication between the coroner and the family. Having feedbacks on the result of the post mortem was found very useful by many parents in order to get a sense of closure. Stopping them to find a reason why that happened or if there was anything they could have done differently.
“Because Jim arrived one morning and said we’ve had the post mortem results, and I remember him saying Mia died, they don’t know why she died, there was absolutely nothing wrong with her. You didn’t suffocate her, you didn’t roll on her, there was nothing broken on her, she was perfect when she died. And I remember the immense relief. Because you thought you’d rolled on her.” (Karen, baby girl died suddenly)