At the time of death, the next of kin or power of
attorney contacts a licensed funeral director to transport the deceased
to the AGA's facility along with the required paperwork.
AGA embalms the body to ensure preservation for a minimum
of two years while the body is in use.
AGA transports the body to a medical school for use
in gross anatomy class and student dissection.
The medical school keeps the body for at least two years,
although the period of study might be longer in some cases.
When the medical school has finished using the body,
the medical school cremates it and returns the ashes (cremains) to AGA.
AGA sends the cremains to the family, or wherever the
family would like the cremains sent within the United States by U.S.
Postal Service. If the family does not wish the cremains to be returned,
AGA will bury them according to the laws of the State of Illinois.
- AGA maintains a chain of custody throughout the process,
knowing the location of a body at all times.
- AGA protects the anonymity of the donor.
- AGA and recipient schools treat the remains with
dignity and respect at all times.
*Below are the two forms needed to
complete your donation:
Please return these two forms to the AGA and keep a
copy for your records.