HOPE® Program for hospice patients and the terminally ill: Enroll a patient

Anyone interested in body donation to science who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, or is under hospice or palliative care, can be screened for acceptance into Science Care's HOPE® Program. Science Care is a no-cost option that includes transportation, cremation, the return of cremated remains not matched with a current Science Care program and filing of the death certificate. The majority of patients will qualify to donate their body to science. We will never share their information or yours.

Simply complete the form below or call Science Care at (800) 417-3747 ext. 2 to complete a screening.

HOPE® Program Pre-enrollment Form

Please provide YOUR contact details below.


Please provide the PATIENT's contact details below.

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HOPE® Program benefits

  • Joining the Science Care Registry is not required prior to joining the HOPE Program
  • No upper age limit, most people will qualify
  • Allows for pre-screening and one-year guaranteed acceptance for peace of mind
  • No cost associated with the coordination of transportation, filing of the death certificate, cremation, or the return of cremated remains to your loved one upon acceptance into the HOPE Program. Some restrictions apply.
  • Phone line (800) 417-3747 is available 24 hours

How does the HOPE® Program work?

  • Review our HOPE® Program checklist and process here.
  • The patient must be under hospice care or terminally ill.
  • The patient, family, or healthcare provider may initiate the HOPE® Program process by filling out the form above or by calling Science Care at (800) 417-3747.
  • A quick pre-screen is required to determine if the patient meets criteria for current research or training programs.
  • Once accepted, Science Care will work with the patient, legal next of kin, and/or healthcare provider to complete as much of the donation paperwork as legally allowed. This includes self-consent for patients who are able to sign. There can be no history of memory loss, confusion, Alzheimer’s, or dementia at the time of signing. This simplifies the process at the time of the patient’s passing.
  • Science Care will determine the highest consenting class in order to obtain consent after passing, if needed
  • At the time of passing, any remaining legally required paperwork or follow-up questions will be finalized. Science Care will arrange for transportation and cremation.
  • Tissue not recovered for research and education is cremated and returned in 3-5 weeks if a cremated remains recipient is designated.

Program Terms & Conditions

  • The HOPE® Program donor and/or donor family has completed the medical screening assessment process with Science Care and it is determined that current donation criteria are met.
  • A legally valid authorization for donation and cremation must be provided to Science Care by the donor before the time of passing, or by the required number of the highest legal order next of kin after the time of passing.
  • The terms and conditions as established by Science Care’s informed consent for donation and cremation will apply.
  • The donor or legal next of kin must not have revoked the informed consent for donation or cremation, which they may legally revoke at any point in the process prior to tissue procurement.
  • The donor must be in one of the eligible states at the time of passing. We are not able to accept donations from countries outside of the U.S.
  • Upon passing, timely notification to Science Care is required in order to maintain tissue integrity for medical research and education.
  • Participation in the HOPE Program is valid for 12 months from the time of enrollment.
  • Science Care cannot guarantee the patient’s medical and social history will align with medical research needs at the time of passing. If for any reason we are not able to proceed with honoring the gift of donation, we will refer the donor’s family to another program or crematory in the area.
  • Science Care reserves the right to change the terms of or discontinue the HOPE Program at any time and without prior notice.
  • The HOPE Program will be conducted under the terms established by Science Care standard policies and procedures, and in accordance with all applicable state, federal and local laws.