The most complicated step in donation is often the completion of the paperwork that accompanies the process. In order to move forward with a donation, MedCure requires the completion of three important forms: the Authorization of Body Gift, the Cremation Authorization, and the Death Certificate Vitals Worksheet (collectively referred to as Donation Forms). These forms give us permission to accept the donor, to perform the cremation and return the cremated remains to family or loved ones, and to obtain a certified copy of the death certificate for the family.
In order to make completing the forms as quick and as easy as possible, we have developed a series of instructional videos on YouTube that will take donors and their loved ones step-by-step through the process of filling out and submitting each form. No form is more than a page in length, but we are happy to present some tips and tricks for correct completion.
Body Donation Consent Form Videos
All of our forms are available for download from our website. If you are unable to download and print the forms yourself, we are happy to mail hard copies at your request.
When to Fill Out The Forms
We encourage all donors to complete and return the forms to us as soon as you download or receive them in order to ensure that they remain valid when they reach us. As long as a form is valid when it is signed, it will remain valid forever; however, we are required to update the forms periodically (no more than once per year), and if we receive forms that were out of date prior to the date they were signed, we will not be able to accept them. If we receive outdated forms, we will have to ask that the current versions be filled out and sent to us to replace the old ones.
MedCure encourages donors to pre-register with us, and we will gladly accept completed donation forms from our pre-registrants. This can make the process easier for loved ones at the time of the donor’s passing, since they will not be required to complete the forms on the donor’s behalf if we already have valid versions on file. The grief of losing a loved one creates enough stress without adding the need to complete paperwork to the situation.
Of course, our Donation Coordinators can also answer any questions you might have while filling out the donation forms. They are always available by calling our toll-free number, 1-866-560-2525. Now, though, you can use the helpful YouTube instructions to ensure that your forms will be accepted the first time you submit them.
If you are interested in learning more about whole body donation and the role that it plays in advancing medical science, you can visit us online at medcure.org. Or, you can call our 24/7 toll free number 866-560-2525 to speak with one of our knowledgeable Donation Coordinators.