Research For Life recognizes whole body donors and their families every year in April by holding and Annual Memorial Celebration in Arizona and California. We gather together to honor and celebrate their lives – their gift of whole body donation gives hope to future generations and makes the world a better place for all of us. Hope should never die with those we love!
Each year during April, National Donor Month promotes the importance of organ, eye, tissue, and whole body donation. Throughout the United States National Donor Month features local, regional and national activities to help inspire Americans to register as organ, eye, tissue, and whole body donors, and to celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of donation.
Research For Life encourages everyone to participate and learn more about how these donors have helped to save lives.
“We welcome you to join us in the celebration of those who have given the ultimate gift to humanity. Thanks to donors and their families, we have hope for more active, healthier, and longer lives. Please bring your family and friends, all are welcome.”
– Laurie Shreves, Director of Family Services at Research For Life
Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ on April 13th, 2024 at 10:00AM MST
Desert Botanical Garden is a 140-acre botanical garden located in Papago Park, at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway in Phoenix, central Arizona.
Discover the tranquil vibrancy of 50,000 desert plants nestled amid the red rocks of the Papago Buttes. An Arizona icon celebrating 80 years in the Valley, the Garden has grown into a compelling attraction and desert conservation pioneer, offering worldly plants, vibrant trails, world-class exhibitions, festive events, fascinating classes and so much more.
Learn more about the Desert Botanical Garden.
Lorimar Vineyards & Winery in Temecula, CA on March 30th, 2024 at 10:00AM PST
There will be a sparkling wine toast provided for all attendees at the Memorial Celebration. So that everyone can join us in the toast, a non-alcoholic version of the sparkling wine will be available.
Lorimar Vineyards & Winery is a Tuscan-style winery in the heart of the Temecula Valley. Featuring breathtaking views of Mount Palomar and the Santa Ana Mountains, Lorimar is the perfect picturesque setting to listen to live music, peruse local artwork, experience gourmet food, and enjoy award-winning wine.
Learn more about Lorimar Vineyards & Winery.
2023 donor families can RSVP for our Annual Memorial Celebration by calling 800.229.3244, via email, or by submitting the RSVP form below.
Hello, my name is Garland Shreves, CEO of Research For Life. I want to take a moment to discuss some very basic information with you regarding consent forms, in general, that you may encounter when considering to donate to a whole body donor organization.
First and foremost, you need to understand and read the consent form, also known as the authorization form or document of gift, so you know what you are consenting to. Ask questions of the organization if you don’t understand something.
All states require, under the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, that consent be granted by an authorized agent of the donor or self-authorization before death.
Each state defines who in the consenting class has the most authority to direct donation. Such as the medical power of attorney, spouse, children, grandchildren, siblings, etc. and differs slightly in each state.
Consent may be given by means of a verbal recorded consent or by a written document of gift.
Research For Life uses a written consent form which can be found on our website.
Understand that the donor or authorizing agent is giving the body to an organization. Once given it belongs to the organization to use in accordance with the consent form.
In other words, the donor organization is free to use the donor provided it does so within the terms
of the consent, it may not use the donor in a manner not consented too.
The consent may state how the body may be used. Educational and/or research purposes or some other purpose may be stated or in the discretion of the donor organization.
Research For Life provides cadavers and/or anatomical specimens for education and research purposes and does not do ballistic testing.
The consent may state that the body will be used in whole or in parts. It may also state that the anatomical parts may be used domestically and or internationally.
And most consents will cover some basic things like consent to test the donor for diseases and order medical records to help best determine the medical suitability for the donation.
The consent may also touch on issues like for profit or nonprofit status and if the donor or anatomical specimens will be used by one or more or both types of entities. Remember that regardless of an organizations tax status they all charge fees to end users who order anatomical specimens and offer those specimens to both for profit and nonprofit entities.
From the very start of the donation process costs to the donor organization begin. 24-hour answering service, transport team to respond 24/7, qualified trained staff paid a livable wage with benefits and retirement, electric, gas, phone, insurances, building payments, maintenance, medical director, and regulatory requirements, and cremation fees. And these are just some of the expenses that an organization may have to cover.
Another item you may see on most authorization forms is a release of liability, a hold harmless agreement, excluding misconduct of course.
Research For Life states clearly it will not and donor or agent agrees that Research For Life will not be held responsible for acts of third parties in connection with the donation.
Another item that reduces a donor organizations liability is the Anatomical Gift Act prohibits criminal, civil or administrative actions provided there is no intentional misconduct on the part of the donor organization. In other words, if the donor organization acted in good faith it is immune and provided some protection from lawsuits.
Another important part on a consent form is the person signing the authorization attests (affirms) that they have the authority to direct the donation. The donor organization accepts the authorizing agent’s authority in good faith barring any information known to it at the time of donation that would contradict the authority of the person authorizing donation.
Remember, should you decide to register, tell your family and friends about your decision.
Also, the donation authorization form is not valid until notarized or signed by two witnesses; one witness must be non-family or disinterested party.
Consent forms contain other important information that you need to read and understand.
All documents of gift or authorizations can be cancelled prior to death.
I want to thank you for taking the time to watch this video and I hope it helped provide you with some basic information regarding whole body donation consent forms. Thank you.