In the end we all die. For 80 per cent of us, doctors sign off the cause of death and that's that.
But any sudden, accidental or violent death in New Zealand is referred to the coroner's office.
There are 17 coroners in the country, Marcus Elliot is one of them and he's shared details of what he does in a new book Death and Dying in New Zealand. He tells us more about the role.