How It Works

How Does the Body Donation Process Work?

Donating Your Body To Science

We’ve outlined the basic procedure for donating your body to Science Care and made the process as straightforward as possible, not only to be efficient, but to keep it very simple for your loved ones or caregivers at a difficult time.

  • It starts with a short medical screening by phone (800.417.3747) at the time of passing to determine if there is a match with current research criteria.
  • If under hospice care or terminally ill, this medical screening can be done ahead of time through our HOPE Program: A Guarantee for Hospice Patients.
  • We then coordinate and/or confirm proper, legal authorization is on file.
  • Upon acceptance, Science Care will then coordinate donor transportation to a Science Care facility.

Upon acceptance, Science Care covers all costs of donation, including cremation, transportation, filing of the death certificate and the return of cremated remains. If you also want to be an organ transplant donor, click here for details.

After Donation

  • The tissue is recovered and used for a variety of medical research and education projects, such as cancer research, Alzheimer’s research, and training surgeons on the latest medical advancements.
  • The tissue not used for research is cremated and available for return within 3-5 weeks.
  • Following donation, we will send a letter that updates the family on current research projects and the impact their loved one has made to society.
  • The family also receives a certificate commemorating the planting of a tree in honor of the donor at the one-year anniversary of donation through our participation with the Arbor Day Foundation’s reforestation program.

Typical Timeline

Donating Your Body To Science


A Life-Affirming Choice

Giving Hope Through Whole Body Donation

Joining the donor registry is an important first step and helps to make your wishes known to your loved ones. Your information is never shared and is kept confidential with restricted access.

Join The Registry

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About Whole Body Donation

If you need more information or have questions about whole body donation, please give us a call. Our family services coordinators are available 24 hours a day – 7 days a week and can answer all of your questions.

CALL 800 417 3747