Information for Funeral Directors
The Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois (AGA) is working to build strong partnerships with funeral directors throughout Illinois. By working together, funeral directors and the AGA can preserve dignity and discretion for every family when making final arrangements for loved ones.
Whole body donation through the AGA offers financial benefits to donor families by limiting funeral and burial expenses and may be beneficial for those who have strained financial resources. The AGA assumes the expense for cremation, and if desired, the respectfully return of cremains.
For remarks on whole body donation by one of the Chicago area’s most prominent funeral directors, see Mr. Spencer Leake, Jr. in the Conversations section of the AGA Web site. We appreciate your cooperation and assistance in facilitating donations to medical science through the AGA.
Please review this information before transferring a body for donation to the AGA
The AGA requests that, when possible, donors’ unembalmed remains be transported to the AGA within 72 hours after death to ensure the condition of the donor is acceptable. If your funeral home does not have refrigeration, please contact the AGA as soon as possible to transfer the donor and decrease the likelihood of decomposition. If a family is interested in holding a service for their loved one, please contact the AGA to discuss the logistics and embalming procedures. Do not embalm the body without first contacting the AGA.
If you need assistance after business hours (Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) please email firstname.lastname@example.org and staff will respond as soon as possible or leave a message at 312-733-5283.
Transfer during business hours (Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM):
Transfer after hours:
The AGA requests that, when possible, donors be transported to the AGA within 72 hours after death to ensure the condition of the donor is acceptable. Upon transfer of the body, the funeral home MUST provide a copy of the Donor Enrollment form or the Authority to Cremate form. If possible, the cause of death should be present upon arrival; an IVRS worksheet or unsigned death certificate will be accepted. If any documents are not present at the time of arrival, paperwork should be sent by fax or mail to the AGA as soon as it is acquired. If the decedent has appointed a Power of Attorney, please provide this paperwork as well.
The funeral home is responsible for preparing the following documents:
Copy of the Death Certificate
Burial or Transit Permit
Donor Enrollment Form
Authority to Cremate Form
Please note that donors may be sent out to a school immediately, therefore it is important that we receive all the required documentation as soon as it is available.
Qualifications for Acceptance
The AGA reserves the right to decline a donor on behalf of the medical school it represents if, in its opinion, it is not suitable for study. If you have any questions about a potential donor and their suitability for anatomic study, please contact the AGA before transferring them to our facility.
The following conditions will not be accepted:
Case by case acceptance:
The AGA will accept donors:
Final Disposition of Remains
Final Disposition of Remains
Medical schools may study the remains of a donor for an average of two to three years. After the study is complete, the AGA and associates will respectfully cremate remains according to the laws and regulations of the State of Illinois.
The final disposition of cremains, upon completion of service, will be determined by the information provided on the Donor Enrollment form and/or Authority to Cremate form. Cremains will be returned if requested at no expense. The AGA will contact the person designated to receive the cremains before mailing them.
If the family does not request the cremains be returned, the AGA will assume responsibility for disposition and will inter the cremains at a local cemetery.
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