Bearing One Another's Burdens Since 1901







The Lynden Burial Society 


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~ Organ / Body Donation ~


Organ, Tissue & Body Donation - Giving the Gift of Life

Organ and tissue donation allows you to give the gift of life to others after your life has ended. Body donation allows you to help advance medical teaching and research for the benefit of future generations. Washington State law supports an individual's decision to donate upon death.   You may register as an organ or tissue donor through the Department of Licensing when you receive your driver's license or through
Donate Life Today 
the Washington state registry. 


Question #1       Who can become a donor?

Answer:               Anyone who is 18 or older and of sound mind may become a donor when he or she dies. Minors may become donors with a parent's or guardian's consent.

 Question #2       Will my decision interfere with my own health care?

 Answer:               No. Medical personnel must follow strict guidelines before they can pronounce death and remove the donor's organs and tissues. Organ and tissue donors receive the same health care as non-donors


Question #3       How will medical personnel know that I am a donor?

Answer:               Medical personnel will know by your carrying of a " Donor Card". You should distribute copies to your family, doctors, funeral home that holds your pre-arranged services and attorney.

 Question #4       Who pays for the donation procedure?

Answer:               The organ donation programs, funded through health care, pay for all costs involved in the organ donation and recovery. 

Question #5       How are the organs and tissues distributed?

 Answer:               The distributions of organs is handled by regional organ banks which are linked to a national computer network that allows them to speed the process of matching organ donors and recipients. Tissue distribution is coordinated by various tissue banks throughout the country.


 Question #6       Does my age or medical history matter?

Answer:               Although most programs do have age restrictions for organs, it should not influence your decision to become a donor. The transplant team will decide at the time of donation whether the organs or tissues are useful for donation. If the organs or tissues can't be transplanted, it is possible that the organs or tissues may be helpful in medical research.

 Question #7       Will I have to change my funeral arrangements?

Answer:               Within reason, organ donation does not delay funeral arrangements or disfigure the body, so no changes will be needed in your funeral plans. If you plan to donate your body for medical research, you should be sure to arrange all of the details with your local anatomical board.


Question #8       Can I change my mind about becoming a donor

Answer:               Absolutely, simply tear up your donor card. Anyone that you have told about your donation request should be notified of this change. Tell family members, doctors, funeral home, and if you have made arrangements to have your status indicated on your driver's license be sure to contact the driver's license office to have your status changed.

Informing your family and caregivers
Sharing your decision to be an organ, tissue or body donor with your family is as important as making the decision itself. At the time of your death, your family will be approached about donation. Sharing your decision with your family now will help them understand your intent to become a donor. This will also prevent confusion or uncertainty about your wishes. Respecting your wish to save other lives can provide your family with great comfort in their time of grief.

Joining the Donor Registry
Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine. In most cases, it's the only hope for thousands of people suffering from organ failure, or in desperate need of corneas, skin, bone or other tissue. Tragically, the need for donated organs and tissues continues to outpace the supply. Currently, more than 100,000 people nationwide are awaiting life-saving transplants.  Each day, 18 Americans die waiting for organ or tissue transplantation.  Make your wishes known by joining the Washington state donor registry at

Donate Life Today or by calling 1-877-275-5269.

About University of Washington Willed Body Program
Even if you are not a possible candidate for organ or tissue donation, it is very likely that the donation of your body would be accepted by the UW School of Medicine for medical teaching and research.  If you choose to donate your body to the University of Washington, the school provides free cremation of your body when their study is complete.  If it is your desire to become a donor to the 

UW Willed Body Program it is advisable to contact them in advance and complete the Donor Registration Form.

Other Programs that offer free Cremation for Body Donation

There are other programs that offer free cremation with the donation of your body, however we think you should be aware of some things before you choose a program which is not one of the established, reputable, nonprofit organizations listed on this page.  True nonprofits have a public board of directors and financial transparency.  While the sale of bodies and body parts is illegal, it is legal to charge handling fees that can amount to as much as $20,000 per body.  If the organization you choose is not a true nonprofit, that "free cremation" may ultimately line someone else's pocket.  Is that really how you want your final gift to be used? 

Other reputable sites regarding organ and tissue donation: 


  • LifeCenter Northwest:

LifeCenter Northwest is one of 58 federally designated nonprofit organ procurement organizations  in the US.  LifeCenter Northwest is the organ and tissue program that services Alaska, Montana, North Idaho, and Washington.  In 2009, LifeCenter Northwest facilitated 119 organ donors and 155 tissue donors, saving the lives of 369 people.

Visit their website today!


A Non-Profit Organization Devoted to the Sharing of Funeral Expenses

"Caring by Sharing"