A variety of things can happen after donation. The organ, eye and tissue recovery process is performed by trained surgeons and medical personnel in an operating room, most often at a hospital but sometimes at a different specialized facility. When the recovery is complete, all incisions are closed, much as they would be following surgery.
Afterward, the body can be transported to the funeral home or mortuary of the family’s choice where the full range of funeral options is open to donors, including open-casket viewings, visitation, funeral and memorial services, burial or cremation.
Depending on the circumstances, the body of an organ, eye and tissue donor can be transitioned to a whole body program after donation. However, prior arrangements with a whole body program and family notification are strongly advised.
Since the Donate Life Texas registry is specific only to organ, eye and tissue donation, your registration does not include whole body donation as well. If you are interested in whole body donation, please contact the program of your choice to learn more and to register directly.
Please note: Registering with Donate Life Texas is not intended to serve as a way to make arrangements for the final disposition of one’s body.