Voicing loss: Meanings and implications of participation by bereaved people in inquests


In partnership with the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath, ICPR is conducting research on the role of bereaved people in inquests. By means of empirical investigation and policy analysis, the study is addressing the following questions:

  1. How is the status and role of the bereaved at inquests defined in law and policy, and what are bereaved people’s own expectations and experiences of inquests? 
  2. To what extent, in what ways and circumstances and for what purposes should bereaved people be ‘at the heart’ of the coronial process and have an active role in inquest proceedings? 
  3. What policy and practice changes would support inclusion and involvement of bereaved people in inquests (and, potentially, other kinds of legal proceedings) in ways that are attuned to social and legal norms as well as the expectations of the bereaved themselves?

The research was conducted from May 2021 to May 2024

Research findings and other project outputs can be found at


Project team

Jessica Jacobson, Alex Murray, Lorna Templeton

Economic & Social Research Council