No Cost Cremation
When someone donates their body to Science, they leave a legacy that furthers medical science and also can eliminate cremation expenses for their family. Now, because of our new partnership with Science Care, Local Cremation is serving families who seek to donate their loved one's body to science, with the highest level of compassion, professionalism, and respect.
Furthermore, those who donate their body to science will receive cremation services at no cost making Whole Body donation a good option for families who are strained financially and have chosen cremation for final disposition. Our partner, Science Care, is the first non-transplant tissue bank in the United States to be accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks. Accreditation follows an intensive nine-month process, and establishes a level of medical, technical and administrative performance that meets or exceeds AATB standards.
How does Whole Body Donation and the Guaranteed Acceptance Program work?
- A potential donor's family member must call Local Cremation at 214-343-4040 to pre-register. We gather general demographic and medical information on the patient. Then we call Science Care so the information can be used to determine acceptance. Science Care will then contact the family to notify them if their loved one was or was not accepted into their Whole Body or Guaranteed Acceptance Program.
- Local Cremation will remind the family to have the pronouncing hospice nurse or medical facility call Local Cremation at the time of death for removal. After we have been notified of the death, Science Care will call the family to answer a few follow-up questions and to finalize all the body donation legal paperwork over the phone.
- At the time of removal, Local Cremation will set a time for the family to come to our office for personalized final arrangements, approval and filing of the death certificate information, planning a memorial service if that is the family's wish, placement of the obituary in local or out of town newspapers, etc.
- A licensed funeral director will personally transport the hospice patient to the airport for transportation to Science Care's research facility located in Aurora, Colorado. We follow-up with Science Care to ensure that the hospice or donor patient arrived at their facility and subsequently follow-up with the family to notify them of the shipment of the cremated remains.
For additional information on whole body donation, visit www.sciencecare.com
or Call 214-343-4040
To begin the process of registering for whole body donation
There is no cost for registration
If you contact Science Care, be sure to mention Local Cremation to ensure we are involved in taking you loved one into our care.
Science Care also accepts patients on hospice who choose whole body donation at the time of passing. The main reason Local Cremation chose to become affiliated with Science Care over other whole body donation companies is due to their Guaranteed Acceptance Program (GAP). Not all hospice patients are accepted into the GAP. However, through the GAP, a hospice patient accepted by Science Care for whole body donation will not be denied acceptance at time of death for declinable reasons such as low BMI, infection, or trauma.
The GAP is a welcome alternative to the Dallas Willed Body Program and other body donation companies who often decline patients at the time of passing because of the aforementioned declinable reasons. Science Care's GAP is a pre-screening program to assist hospice patient families with whole body donation while using a licensed professional funeral home to oversee dignified removal of the patient, accurate completion of government forms, plan a memorial service should the family choose, and reliable funeral home transfer to the airport for receipt of the human remains at Science Care Colorado. The cremated remains are sent back within 3 to 5 weeks to either Local Cremation for personal delivery of the ashes in a selected urn or they can be sent directly to the family.
Call 214-343-4040 to begin the process of registering for whole body donation.
Donated organs and tissues are used for many types of research including:
There is no cost for registration.
- Dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's research
- Diabetes research
- Arthritis research
- Asthma and COPD research
- MS and ALS research
- Spinal injury research
- Cancer research
- Drug therapy research
- Surgical education
- Surgical device development
- Bariatric and Urologic surgical education
- Minimally invasive surgical procedures
- Orthopedic education
Donors and their families can take comfort in knowing their donated organs and tissues will be used to benefit so many others.
to begin the process of registering for whole body donation.
There is no cost for registration
This is a list of conditions that makes it difficult for Science Care to accept a potential patient for whole body donation or the Guaranteed Acceptance Program (GAP):
Contagious diseases such as:
- HIV / AIDS
- Hepatitis B and C
- Active Shingles and MRSA
- Extensive orthopedic surgeries to the spine, hips, and knees
- Weight limit of 300 lbs for men and 250 for women