Occasionally we have to decline a donation; this can be due to many factors including:

  • Next of kin do not agree with the donation of the body
  • Open or unhealed wounds at time of death
  • Massive systemic infections (e.g., MRSA)
  • Diseases such as HIV, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrigs’ s Disease)
  • Death due to trauma (e.g., car accident, homicide or suicide)
  • An autopsy has been performed
  • Obesity or emaciation
  • If the initial embalming is not completed within 6-12 hours after death