Guaranteed Donor Program

Hospice Inspired. Donor Honored.

We were the first program to initiate a guaranteed donor acceptance after approval.

Patients referred to Research For Life through this program are guaranteed to be accepted at the time of death even if their health conditions should change. We do this to show that our commitment is about honoring and respecting the gift that has been offered and honoring the relationship between the hospice, the donor, and their family. Giving the donor and their family the peace of mind they need during the difficult times they face together is just the right thing to do.

When you register with the Research for Life Guaranteed Donor Program, we will ask some basic health history questions. Once accepted, acceptance is guaranteed and put it writing. Once accepted, acceptance never expires.

How it works

(1) The donor, family member, or healthcare provider can start the registration process by calling Research For Life at 800.229.3244.

(2) Apply for the program by completing our Donor Registration Packet. Research For Life staff members are available to assist you with as much paperwork as is legally permissible and to answer any questions you may have. If acceptance is urgent, please call us at 800.229.3244.

(3) Once your registration has been accepted, Research For Life will mail an acceptance letter with registration number, a donor ID card for your wallet, and a copy of the registration packet for you records in approximately 2 weeks. We ask that you share this information with your family or parties responsible for your arrangements so that your wish to donate is honored when the need arises.

(4) At the time of death, Research For Life will arrange for transportation and cremation. Tissue not recovered for research and education is cremated and final disposition for the cremated remains are carried out according to the donor’s wishes.

See if you or your loved one qualifies & gain the peace of mind deserved at a time of loss. Click here to complete our donor registration packet

Please note there are certain conditions that shall result in a denial of the acceptance of a donor into our Guaranteed Donor Program.

  • Death occurs outside Research For Life’s service area (Arizona and Southern California excluding some rural areas).
  • Moving outside Research For Life’s service area voids the guarantee.
  • Failure to notify Research For Life within 48 hours of death or improper refrigeration of remains by a third party.

We call it our Guaranteed Donor Program and it’s our commitment to you and your family to follow through with your wishes. Peace of mind is priceless, especially when losing someone we love.  Planning is important, share your wishes by telling family and friends about your decision to be a donor with Research For Life.

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Research For Life - Understanding Whole Body Donor Consent

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.

Our Guaranteed Donor Program has been temporarily suspended. To our California families, please contact us by phone or email only. Please do not come to the office as we are limiting public contact with our staff. If you can't avoid coming in, please make an appointment with our Arizona location. Call nationwide toll-free 800.229.3244.
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