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Funeral Home Staff

A Joint Effort

As caretakers for the deceased and their loved ones, we understand your priority is carrying out arrangements and ensuring that end-of-life wishes and services happen as seamlessly as possible. At Live On Nebraska, it is our goal to interfere with that process as little as possible and to honor the desires of registered donors while providing hope and healing to families who have experienced the sudden loss of a loved one.

In the event of an out-of-hospital-death, funeral home staff are encouraged to contact Live On Nebraska to evaluate for possible tissue donation.

To make a referral for donation, please call 402-932-1377.

When making a referral, you will be asked for the following information:

  • Deceased’s name
  • Date of birth
  • Time of death/last known alive
  • Next of kin name
  • Next of kin contact number

The recovery of donated tissue needs to occur within 12 to 24 hours of death (depending on cooling of the body) and prior to embalming. Ideally, the referral will be made as early as possible to ensure that no logistical concerns stand in the way of the individual’s or family wishes.

Working Together

We recognize that donation has an impact on the funeral preparation process and your duties as funeral professionals. We also know there is immense value in the gift of donation, not only for the recipients but also for donor families. This value is recognized by the funeral industry as well.

The National Funeral Directors Association supports donation and in cooperation with the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) and the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) has established guidelines for funeral home staff and recovery organizations to follow in order to ensure the needs of all parties are met:

“The recovery organization and the funeral professional have an obligation to communicate to, cooperate with and educate each other in order to best serve the needs of both organizations and the donor family.”

-From Best Practices for Organ and Tissue Donation, developed by NFDA, AATB and AOPO

Based on these guidelines, and out of respect for you and the service you provide to donor families, we promise to:

Funeral Home Reimbursement Form

This form may be completed and returned to Live on Nebraska for reimbursement of any donation-related services provided for organ or tissue donors cared for by your funeral home.