WHO DO I CALL AT TIME OF DEATH?

At the time of death High Point University’s Willed Body Program should be notified at 336-841-LIFE (5433) to determine if the donor, can still be, or is a candidate for our program.

Our dedicated staff, available 24 hours a day, 365 days year, will review the requirements for acceptance with the legally authorized person. Upon acceptance, we will coordinate for the transportation of the donor at place of death to our on-campus Care Center for anatomical preparation for the program.

All notifications of death should occur in a timely fashion, no more than 36 hours after death, unless authorization has been made by the Willed Body Program to allow for additional time.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF A DONOR DID NOT PRE-REGISTERED?

If a donor was not registered with the program the legal next of kin or agent of the decedent must complete a Document of Gift by Legally Authorized Person form, and submit the form along will all required signatures to High Point University’s Willed Body Program prior to full acceptance into the program. This process can be done electronically or in person.

 

WHAT DO I DO IF MY LOVED ONE IS ALREADY LOCATED AT A FUNERAL HOME?

If a donor has died and is located at a funeral home please have the Funeral Director call the Willed Body Program to schedule the transfer of the donor into our care. High Point University will not be financially responsible for any fees incurred by the donors appointed representative that is outside the scope of our agreement.

 

DOES HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY’S WILLED BODY PROGRAM PROVIDE CERTIFIED COPIES OF THE DEATH CERTIFICATE?

No. If no funeral home is used, High Point University’s Willed Body Program will only file an original certificate of death with the Register of Deeds as required by law. Family may purchase certified copies of the death certificate by contacting the Register of Deeds in the county where the death occurred.

A person can obtain certified copies from the Register of Deeds in the county where the death occurred. The Register of Deeds for each county can be found at: https://www.ncard.us/find-your-register-of-deeds/. If you are unsure of which county the death occurred, please call us at 336-841-LIFE (5433) and we will be happy to provide you with the information.

 

 

CAN A PUBLIC VIEWING OF FUNERAL SERVICE BE HELD BEFORE THE DONOR’S BODY IS TRANSPORTED TO HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY?

No. Because we want to uphold the wishes of the donor, it is not possible to have a public viewing or funeral service prior to donation to High Point University. All donations must be transferred into our care within 24 hours of the donor’s death.

If the donor is located at a funeral home and the family wishes to have a private viewing of the donor prior to transportation to High Point University, the family can do so as long as the funeral home is in compliance with the donors’ wishes, and transportation is made to the University in a timely manner.

All additional services selected by the family at a funeral home will be at the expense of the family. High Point University is not responsible for additional charges.

 

CAN A MEMOIRAL SERVIE BE HELD FOR THE DONOR?

Yes. We encourage families to hold a memorial service either at a selected funeral home of choice, or at a destination that was special to the donor. High Point University will hold an annual memorial service, but we still encourage families to hold their own celebration of life.

All additional services selected by the family at a funeral home will be at the expense of the family. High Point University is not responsible for additional charges.

 

CAN MY FAMILY HAVE ONE LAST VIEWING OF OUR LOVED ONE PRIOR TO PREPARATION AT THE PROGRAM FACILITY?

No. If this is the wish of the family, please contact your local funeral home to assist you with viewing arrangements prior to transportation to High Point University. All donations must be transferred into our care within 24 hours of the donors passing.