Question: Will participation in this program cost the donor or their family members anything?
Answer: There is no cost to anyone for any part of the research or the autopsy report and if the participant chooses the whole body donation option, cremation is provided free to the family.
Question: What effect will brain donation have on funeral arrangements?
Answer: If brain donation only is chosen, it has no effect on funeral arrangements. It does not delay in preparing the body for funeral, and the techniques used allow for an open-casket funeral. Whole body donation requires cremation and because of time restrictions to obtain brain tissue, may limit visitation from family and friends.
Question: Can we still use our family funeral director?
Answer: Yes. After autopsy, the deceased can be sent to the funeral home of your choice.