When a donor can no longer be used for further research or education, the donor is cremated in the crematorium at the OHSU School of Medicine (unless specified differently on the enrollment form) and the cremated remains are returned to the next of kin or other specified entity.
The length of time for final disposition can be up to three years, unless the donor consented to an indefinite donation. When the donor remains are ready to be returned, the Body Donation program staff will contact the next of kin on file to coordinate delivery.
There are no costs for cremation and return of remains by Body Donation program staff. If alternate arrangements for final disposition are made, the next of kin is responsible for any associated charges.
OHSU conducts an annual memorial service honoring donors. The next of kin or authorized representative will be notified of the date, time and place of the memorial service.
In the past, medical, dental, radiation therapist and physician assistant students have performed spoken word pieces, musical numbers and dance movements to show their appreciation of the donation.
Next of kin will have the opportunity to submit a photo of their loved one to be memorialized in a slideshow during the service.
A small reception takes place after the service for attendees and students to visit and privately share their experience about the donation process.