Some people are too upset to discuss donating the body of their recently deceased for the purpose of medical research or organ transplants, so this can be a difficult subject for many.
If the deceased has expressed it as their wish, the usual process is for the hospital to approach the next of kin to ensure they have no objections. Unfortunately decisions need to be made quickly and this can feel somewhat indecent. The only reason for this haste is to ensure that the organs remain viable to save someone else’s life.
In the case of organ removal, the body will be returned to the net of kin for burial or cremation after the organs have been removed. Normally organs are not taken for transplants if the do not is over 75 years old.
For more information visit the Organ Donor and Transplantation website.
Who’s in charge when I die
Your next of kin and your executor(s) are in charge when you die. If you have no will or no close relatives there can sometimes be complications.
Should I make a will
By making a Will you will ensure that your assets, no matter how small, are distributed in line with your wishes.
Making a Will
A will sets out how your estate (your assets) should be distributed, and names an executor(s) to take care of this task. A will is only valid if your signature has been witnessed by 2 adults who are not beneficiaries of the will in anyway.