Choosing Organ/Body Donation
If your loved one requested organ donation or that his or her body be donated to a medical school, here are some things to know.
Total body donation
This is an option, but not if you choose to be an organ and tissue donor.
Body donation to medical teaching facilities can take place immediately or after a service is held. This arrangement should be discussed by the loved one before death.
Organ and tissue donor
Check with your doctor or coroner regarding organ donation. Depending on what organs are donated, this does not disfigure the body; it will not interfere with having a funeral, including open casket services.
There is no cost to the donor's family for the organ donation.
For more information, visit U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplant.
The information provided here is not meant to be a substitute for professional advice. These tips are from experts and people who have shared their real life advice; always check with appropriate professionals you trust in making your purchasing or life-related decisions.