A family member or close acquaintance, who is likely to be available or to be notified at the time of death, should be aware of the arrangement to donate the body for study.
They should agree to notify the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Donated Body Program immediately upon the death of the donor. They should also be aware of the factors that might make it necessary to make other arrangements.
Since the occurrence of death is accompanied by feelings of bereavement, it can lessen the difficulties of these moments if alternative wishes are made clear to family or responsible parties in advance. This should minimize any misunderstandings regarding donor's wishes or program policies or procedures.
For questions regarding the suitability of an anatomical donation for study, please contact the Program at (310) 794-0372 for clarification.