TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF DONATION
The process of whole body donation to DonorCure is governed by the following terms and conditions:
DonorCure reserves the right to deny any application for body donation from donors who do not meet our eligibility requirements. Due to the timely nature of the process, eligibility is ultimately determined by research needs at the time of donation. For this reason, DonorCure cannot guarantee donor acceptance until after the donor’s death.
The donor’s medical condition at the time of passing also affects their eligibility. Usual medical issues that can render a prospective donor ineligible include diagnosis of communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis B, history of intravenous drug use, recent prolonged incarceration, institutionalization, homelessness and severe obesity or emaciation upon passing.
Even if the donor was deemed qualified at the time of submission of intent, they may still be declined at the time of passing. On some occasions, approved donors may be denied acceptance. Thus we strongly recommend for family members to have a back-up plan just in case.
Cost and Expenses Coverage
Once acceptance of the donation is confirmed, DonorCure covers ALL costs and expenses in relation to the body donation process. These costs include:
- transportation of the donor’s body to a DonorCure facility
- issuance of a copy of the donor’s death certificate
- cremation of the donor’s remains
- return of the cremated remains to the donor’s family members or scattering it at sea
If a donor is approved but subsequently declined, all expenses incurred up until the point of decline is covered by DonorCure. Further funeral costs shall be the responsibility of the family. If the donor has already arrived at our facility before being declined, their cremated remains will be returned to the family at no cost.
We mainly match donors with medical research needs at the time of donation. Because of this, we cannot guarantee that the donation will benefit the donor’s preferred medical research or field of study.
Provision of Death Certificate
A copy of the donor’s death certificate will be provided by DonorCure to the family or estate manager within 6 to 8 weeks from the time of passing. Should a copy of such is required earlier than the alloted time, families or estate managers may coordinate with the county records office to purchase a copy themselves.
Cremation of Remains
After the donation has been used for its intended purpose, DonorCure will arrange for the cremation of the donor’s remains. The cremation process shall be conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations of the state and the crematory facility. Cremated remains will be placed in a standard-sized container. Any excess remains shall be put in a supplemental container and sent together with the primary container.
Disposal of Cremated Remains
Cremated remains shall be disposed of in the manner consented to by the donor or their legal representative. They can request to have it directly returned to family members or scattered at sea. If they choose the former, cremated remains will be sent to family members via express mail within 6 to 12 weeks.
Due to the nature of body donation, open-casket viewing for body donors is not possible. However, families can still hold memorial services upon receipt of the cremated remains.