LifeLegacy Foundation:

6825 E. Outlook Drive

Tucson, AZ 85706

Toll Free: 888-774-4438

Phone: 522-575-5200

Fax: 866-201-1083


Determine the state of the body:


Acceptance Criteria for LifeLegacy Foundation:

-       Less than 5’6” male (170 lb.)/ 5’6”-5’9” (190 lb.)/ 6’-6’4” (200 lb.)

-       Less than 5’6” female (150 lb.)/ 5’6”-5’9” (170 lb.)/ 5’10”-6’ (190 lb.)



Procedures for LifeLegacy


  1. LifeLegacy will call us with a first call and we can also make an after-death referral to them. If they call us, they have already screened the body and accepted. If we are making a referral, we will need to screen the body and then make the referral to LifeLegacy. The family should not call! LifeLegacy will contact the family and conduct a medical history and social history interview with the Next of Kin and will make the decision for acceptance. LifeLegacy will fax us a copy of the recorded acceptant and consent to the donation along with any vitals they may have. They don’t always get this so we need to follow up with the family and obtain the vitals for the death certificate.  
  2. Once the first call is taken and entered in SRS, create a pick up notice and send over, along with the first call sheet to Dispatch at If the driver arrives to where the decedent is located and finds that the decedent is decomposing and/or possibly unsuitable for donation for any reason, please call Dispatch and LifeLegacy ASAP!
  3. Keep the decedent in refrigeration until the scheduled flight. We DO NOT embalm for the flight!
  4. Send over a Prep for Service to informing them of the flight TBD. Tell them not to embalm and to double bag the decedent per the airlines’ guidelines. Ask them to place the decedent in a combo unit for flight and inform them that you will send over the flight information once you have received the Burial Transit Permit and have the flight booked. Prep is to pack the decedent with gel packs for the flight. Include an extra copy of the Burial Transit Permit in the combo unit.
  5. Enter vitals in TER and print a Facts of Death Verification Form by clicking on the Informant Verification icon at the top of the TER webpage. Email a copy to the Next of Kin to proof along with the death certificate request form.
  6. Obtain the Burial Transit Permit from the appropriate county clerk in which the death occurred by faxing over a Fax Cover Sheet requesting a Burial Transit Permit for Removal from State and a Facts of Death Verification Form. If the county is Harris County or City of Houston, you must send a driver in person to obtain the permit. They do not accept faxed requests. The appropriate registrar needs to be designated in order for them to generate it and the type of disposition must be checked as “Removal from State”.  Place of Disposition for this transit permit is LifeLegacy Foundation in Tucson, AZ.
  7. Book a non-stop flight- first out if possible- into Tucson, Arizona (TUS). We book directly with Southwest Airlines- (888) 922-9525. Use our shipper ID #54678. LifeLegacy is a known shipper with Southwest Airlines. Their Shipper ID is 56135. DO NOT USE EAGLES WINGS! Once the flight is booked, go to and enter the tracking # in the Tracking # box on the left-hand side of the page. This will generate a confirmation of the flight booked with all of the flight information. This is the Southwest Airlines Tracking Sheet. Print this document out. In SRS, under Printed Materials, click on the Shipping Tab. Type in shipper information (Carnes FH) and Receiver information (LifeLegacy). Type the confirmation # that Southwest gives you as both Confirmation # and Airbill #. Fill out the flight # and itinerary in the following blanks. Print out the Shipping Info document by clicking the printer icon at the bottom of the screen. This cover page accompanies the Burial Transit Permit and the Southwest Airlines Tracking Sheet. Scan these documents into SRS and call it “Flight Info”. Email this to Dispatch, Prep, and all Funeral Directors. Fax this packet to LifeLegacy at 866-201-1083 and call LifeLegacy to confirm they got the flight information and itinerary at 888-774-4438! We must confirm that all parties involved are aware of the flight!
  8. Designate the doctor to sign in TER. Call the doctor to inform them they have been designated to sign.
  9. Once signed, order the number of death certificates the family wishes including 1 certified copy for LifeLegacy. Once they come in, mail the 1 certified copy of the DC to LifeLegacy and the rest to the Next of Kin.
  10. Invoice LifeLegacy by emailing the invoice.



To Invoice:

The referral fee for LifeLegacy is $550. This includes the removal, holding of the decedent until flight arrangements have been made, transportation to the airport, and filing the death certificate. We charge $15 for the extra body bag used for the flight. We also charge LifeLegacy for 1 DC at $21. Total charges due to LifeLegacy is $586.00. Fax the invoice to LifeLegacy at 866-201-1083 or email it to