Many families believe that a memorial service or viewing is not possible with body donation. Often times, families feel forced to choose between an expensive funeral and making a charitable donation for medical research and education.
We are able to combine the selfless gift of body donation, with the closure and celebration of life that is made possible by a memorial service. Additional services include veterans benefits, DNA keepsakes and eco-friendly aqua cremation for individuals who are not eligible for donation.
The way that scientists preserve the brain for research has not changed since the 1950s. Better brain banking technology is very valuable to medicine, it helps us better understand diseases of the brain in ways that were never thought possible.
The key to brain banking is rapid preservation in under 30 minutes after death. Because of the time sensitive nature of brain donation, donors must pre-register for brain banking. When a donor approaches their final days of life, the hospice provider must contact us 24 to 72 hours before death for our team to standby for donation.
Donors must be altruistic individuals with a passion for advancing the progress of medical science and education. We encourage donors and their families who are passionate about science and want to be a part of the “final frontier” in brain research to register for brain banking.
We honor the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families. We work with veteran donors and their families to facilitate donation for advancing medical research and education. Our veteran donors and their loved ones may be entitled to several no cost memorial benefits provided by the National Cemetery Administration.
We will work with veteran families to coordinate arrangement of the entitled no cost memorial benefits with Willamette National Cemetery. To learn more about veteran benefits, or to coordinate benefits with a different cemetery, please visit the National Cemetery Administration.
We are the only non-transplant donation center that offers a DNA preservation service for donors and their families, including individuals who do not meet the criteria for anatomical donation. Anyone can register for DNA preservation, which is offered as a supplemental service. To learn more about DNA preservation, please visit our FAQs page.
Our service offers an affordable way for families to create a lasting memorial keepsake of their loved one, and to celebrate life in its purest form. In addition to ashes, hair or other traditional keepsake items, DNA preservation is a great option for families who are looking for a meaningful way to memorialize and remember their loved one.
The world’s first biodegradable urn designed to turn you into a tree in the after-life. It is composed of 100% recycled materials which are ethically and locally sourced.
Specially made with two separate capsules, the urn is designed to contain the seed or seedling of your choice which will grow into a tree as a way for a person to be remembered by.
A bio urn offers an affordable way for families to create a lasting memorial keepsake of their loved one. In addition to ashes, hair or other traditional keepsake items, a bio urn is a great option for families who are looking for a meaningful way to memorialize and remember their loved one.
We offer Aqua cremation as an alternative for individuals who are not eligible for body donation, or who simply want an environmentally friendly cremation option.
Aqua cremation is a flameless cremation process that uses water instead of flame. It is a gentle and respectful process. It is better for the environment, with no emissions of harmful greenhouse gasses and 90% less carbon footprint versus standard cremation. On average, 20% more cremated remains are returned when compared to standard cremation.
Many families may not be aware that Social Security can provide death benefits to survivors of eligible workers. You and your family may be eligible for survivor benefits based on the earnings of a worker who has passed away. The loved one must have worked long enough to qualify for benefits.
We will work to notify Social Security that a death has occurred as part of our process to file and return a death certificate at no cost to the family. However, the eligible survivors will need to contact Social Security directly to check eligibility for survivor benefits. To learn more, please visit Social Security Survivor Benefits or contact your local Social Security office.
Request our free brochure! Learn about the benefits of donating with Aeternitas Life, and how we can help your family, funeral home or hospice. We’re here to help 24 hours a day at 844-330-7040.