What Is The Body Donation Process?

Prospective donors will complete an authorization for donation form with Aeternitas Life. Additional consent will be given to authorize the cremation of the body after donation. A copy of your driver license or other ID will be necessary to complete the authorization. Once the proper documentation has been received by us, we will contact you to confirm your acceptance.

Have a conversation with your family. It is important to inform everyone in your family of your commitment to donate with Aeternitas Life. It is your family who will be responsible for contacting us at the time of death so your donation can proceed in a timely manner. If your wishes are unknown, your pledge may go unfulfilled. Donations that are delayed will also negatively impact the efficacy and quantity of the gifts that can be used for research or education.

What do I do at the time of death?

Inform the appropriate legal and medical parties that a natural death has occurred. This may include emergency response, hospice provider, next of kin, and the person’s doctor. Contact us at 844-330-7040. We will make all arrangements for transportation from the place of death to our facility in the Portland Metropolitan Area.

Once a donation is complete, cremated remains are typically returned to an authorized recipient within six to eight weeks, but may take as long as six to twelve months depending on the use of the donation.

Get In Touch With Aeternitas Life

We're here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We serve donors and their families in our local communities across Oregon, Washington and most of Idaho. For immediate assistance, please call us at 844-330-7040, we're here to help 24 hours a day.