Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose Tomorrow Link?
Tomorrow Link is solely focused on helping emergency medicine providers receive the best possible training. The ONLY way to do this is for them to practice their skills on real human anatomy. Your donation will truly help save countless lives!
Who can be a donor?
In Colorado, any person of legal age and sound mind may donate their remains for use in medical research. Any person under the age of 18 may become a donor with the written consent of their parent or guardian.
A legally authorized next-of-kin may make the decision on behalf of their loved one.
Our donor program strives to accept as many donors as we can. We can accept most donors that may not be accepted elsewhere with the exception of donors with communicable disease like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV.
What happens at the time of death?
We have a 24 hour Donor Family Line that is given out to families once you have been accepted into our Donation Program. That number is a direct line to one of our team members that will handle transportation, cremation, death certificates, and return of cremains. This is all at no charge to your family
How can I obtain a Death Certificate?
Up to two certified copies of death certificates will be provided to next-of-kin. Please allow 15 business days for us to contact the appropriate county officials and complete required paperwork.
After 30 days, additional copies may be obtained from:
Colorado State Department of Public Health.
4300 S. Cherry Creek Drive
Denver, CO 80222
The State Anatomical Board does not provide copes of death certificates.
What services does Tomorrow Link Provide?
No cost transportation and cremation.
No cost filing of Death Certificates into county vital health records system and two copies provided to the family.
For families that do not want to receive cremains, we hold a small scattering ceremony in the Rocky Mountains in the donor's honor and mail a certificate to the next-of-kin.
What arrangements should I make if I am admitted into a hospital, move to a retirement community, nursing home, or other type of care facility prior to my passing?
If you are admitted to a hospital, or move to a care facility, it is recommended that a copy of the Whole-Body Donation form be placed in your chart or care plan. When passing occurs, a call should immediately be made to the 24 hour line provided to you upon acceptance into our Donation Program. We will arrange for transportation and all that comes after.
What if I would like a funeral prior to donation?
Unfortunately, whole-body donation prohibits a traditional open casket funeral. However, many families choose to have a ceremony prior to or after receiving the cremains.
How will my body be used?
Every donation is an incredibly valuable contribution to science and the future of health. There are so many areas in which whole body donors have an opportunity to impact medical research and education, including;
Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Diabetes and Kidney Health
What is the cost to my family?
Tomorrow Link is so appreciative of your donation, that we handle all associated costs. This includes transportation from place of passing, cremation, filing of death certificate and return of the cremated remains.
What is the difference between organ donation and Whole-Body donation?
Tomorrow Link is a non-transplant organization. This means that we do not take live organs and transplant them into another living being. Also, with full body donation; age, cancer, and most other medical conditions are not a factor. This makes our acceptance rate significantly higher.
About 80% of organ donors are in fact ineligible for organ donation at the time of passing.
Whole Body Donation encompasses a much wider array of medical research including surgical training, advanced disease research, and hands-on bio-skills training.