Police say they have now finished collecting information on those who died in the Pike River Coal mine that will help identify the bodies.
The Chief Coroner, Judge Neil MacLean, has met the families of the 29 men who died to explain the inquest process.
The chief forensic officer and the president of the Funeral Directors Association were also the meeting in Greymouth on Wednesday.
Judge MacLean told Morning Report on Thursday he explained to the families that they would have death certificates as soon as possible.
He says he outlined other processes, such as going to the High Court for probate, and discussed how his role co-ordinates with the other investigations and inquiries being held.
Judge MacLean says inquests without bodies are always more difficult, but not impossible.