What does a "pending" case mean?

You may initially be informed that the cause and manner of death are "pending". The initial Death Certificate will note "pending" as cause of death; you may make funeral arrangements with this document. Pending simply means that the cause and manner are still under investigation. The next of kin will be notified of all completed pending cases. For this reason, if you move or change your phone number, please advise our office immediately.

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1. What does the Coroner's Office do?
2. What are the types of deaths investigated by the Coroner's Office?
3. Where is the jurisdiction of the Chester County Coroner?
4. How do I report a death?
5. How do I obtain a death certificate?
6. Can I see my loved one at the morgue?
7. What is an autopsy and why is one performed?
8. How do I obtain the results of an autopsy or toxicology findings?
9. Who is considered the next of kin?
10. When will I know the cause of death?
11. What does a "pending" case mean?
12. How and when can personal property/possessions be claimed?
13. When will the body be released?
14. What do I do now?
15. What funeral home should I choose?