If a death has occurred...

Please accept our deepest sympathies. You may call us right away at (800) 417-3747 ext. 1, to complete the medical screening.

If the patient is terminally ill, or under hospice / palliative care...

Please call us at (800) 417-3747 ext. 2, or fill out our online HOPE® program form to receive a call back to complete the medical screening.

If you have an updated address or contact information...

If you’ve already registered with Science Care, you may update your address or contact information, or print a registration card.

How the body donation process works with Science Care

1. Register your intent to donate

You can sign up with the Science Care online donor registry in less than 3 minutes. There's no obligation or cost after you register, and most people meet the criteria for donation with Science Care.

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Note: If you or your loved one has been diagnosed as terminally ill, or are under hospice or palliative care, please fill out the pre-enrollment form to begin the screening for Science Care’s HOPE® Program.

2. Make your wishes known

After you register, notify loved ones of your wish to donate. If your family does not know your wishes, it could negatively impact your ability to donate. About 40% of those who register never become donors.

“I’d like to thank the entire team at Science Care for your care and professionalism at the time of our mother’s passing. Your team made the entire process seamless and easier at a difficult time. She had made her wishes clear years ago when she and her husband registered with your program. Thank you.”
— A donor's Family MembeR

Out of respect for our donor and their families, names have been omitted.

What happens next?

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3. Medical screening

A loved one or care provider contacts Science Care to notify us when:

  • A donor enters hospice care, palliative care, or is terminally ill, or...
  • An unexpected passing has occurred.

To complete the medical screening with a Science Care representative, call us 24 hours a day at (800) 417-3747.

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4. Donation process begins

  • After acceptance, Science Care coordinates transportation to bring the donor into our care.
  • A Science Care Donor Services Coordinator will assist consenters throughout the donation process.
  • Science Care files the death certificate in the county of passing.
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5. Completion of donation

  • Specimens are procured for medical research, surgical training, and education programs.
  • Any tissue not matched with a current Science Care program is cremated and can be returned, if requested, to the individual designated on the consent form, approximately 3-5 weeks following the donation.
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6. Celebration of donation

  • Memorial Services: Many families will have a celebration of life or memorial service for their loved one.
  • Legacy Letter: Science Care emails a letter to the donation consenter, outlining research programs at the time of donation.
  • Memory in Nature: As a celebration of life, a tree is planted in honor of each donor.
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Science Care Donor Registration Form

Please complete the form as accurately as possible. Misspelled names, addresses, phone numbers, or emails can cause issues or delays with your registration.
If you do not live in one of the states currently open for Science Care registration, simply tell your loved ones that you wish to be a donor so they are aware to call Science Care either at your entry into hospice care or at the time of passing.
If using a PC, use the primary number keys (not the number pad on the right).
For postcards: Your code appears under the address window.
For books or magazines: Your code appears on the back cover page under the Science Care logo, or by the registration cards near the back of the book.
The information you share on this form is kept confidential with restricted access.
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