The Anatomy Gifts Registry receives body donations utilizing one of two possible methods.
Gift of Body by Will - - Recently supported by new drafts of the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA), this process is both a way to register in advance and alert your family members to your wishes. This method will not require your family's authorization upon your death, and AGR's comprehensive form also serves as an authorization to cremate.
Gift of Body by Informed Consent - This method requires an AGR representative to obtain consent from your legal next-of-kin, or authorized agent, upon your death. The consent is typically obtained by telephonic recording. This method enables AGR, unlike many other similar programs, to obtain body donations without any advance registration.
Once a death occurs and is pronounced, contact AGR at 1-800-300-5433 (24hrs). An AGR representative will verify the consent method above and will immediately make arrangements with a mortuary transport organization to pick up the body and transport it to our facility. Do not call a funeral home. AGR has contracted organizations throughout the US that are familiar with AGR's process.
AGR, will make timely arrangements to register the death with your State Department of Vital Records. Experienced AGR personnel can assist family members with obtaining the certified copies of Death Certificates.
Remember, an AGR representative is always available 24hr, 365 days a year, to answer any questions.
Please note that regardless of the form of consent obtained, registering your wishes in advance reduces the amount of documents for your family and informs your family of your wishes.
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