Interested in Becoming a Registered Body Donor?
Contact the Anatomical Gift Registry
Individuals can contact the program directly to request forms be mailed to their home address. Alternatively, we can be reached by phone (414) 955-8261, or email BodyDonation@mcw.edu. Our office hours are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (excluding major holidays).
Fees and Administrative Costs
There is a fee for donation that helps alleviate administrative costs of the program. As of December 2021, the fee for body donation is $450. Payments cannot be made prior to a donor’s acceptance into the AGR, and an invoice is sent to the donor’s next of kin following acceptance into the program. The donation fee covers costs related to:
- Transportation of remains
- Filing of the death certificate
- Filing of the cremation permit
- Cremation costs after a donor has completed their time within the AGR
Screening and Medical History
We cannot accept donors who test positive for blood-borne pathogens such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, tuberculosis, sepsis, MRSA, etc. Furthermore, we cannot accept donors who test positive for COVID-19. Because acceptance is determined on an individual basis, we may be unable to accept donors for such reasons. As such, we strongly urge donors have a secondary plan for handling remains should they be declined from the AGR.
We ask that the funeral director call us prior to embalming so our anatomical curators can instruct them on our embalming protocols.
Procedures Following the Death of a Donor
When the donation is accepted, we will coordinate transportation of donors to our facility. Should a donor’s family wish to hold a funeral service, they can do so prior to transportation of donors to MCW.
Donors may be active within our program for ~1.5 – 3 years. Once a donor has completed their progression through the program, cremated remains can be returned to their family. If a family chooses not to have donor ashes returned, they will be interred in our MCW plot at the local Wauwatosa Cemetery.