How Do You Arrange to Donate Your Body to Science After Your Death?

How Do You Arrange to Donate Your Body to Science After Your Death?

How Do You Arrange to Donate Your Body to Science After Your Death?

If a person wishes to donate his body to science, he must find a medical organization, such as a medical school, research institution or private organization, and preregister with it, explains FindLaw. A person is required to fill out a body consent form to register.

A person can also preregister with companies such as MedCure, who determine the best research or education facility for the body and then distributes it to the appropriate facility, reports MedCure. A person may be required to fill out additional paperwork aside from a body consent form to register his body. For example, MedCure requires a person to fill out a cremation authorization form and a death certificate vitals worksheet. If a person wants to donate his body to a specific type of research, he must contact an organization involved in that type of research directly to register.

In order for the medical organization to retrieve the body, a potential donor must arrange to have a family member or someone else call the medical organization to transport his body upon his death, states FindLaw. A person may also write his intent to donate his body in a living will or in a letter to the executor of his estate.

Most bodies are accepted except those with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B or C, or if the person had a history of incarceration or institutionalization, explains MedCure.