Anatomical Gift Donor Family Resources

Obtaining a Death Certificate

Stanford Anatomical Gift Program will file the death certificate for your loved one. After confirming the vital statistics, the death certificate will be submitted to the health department that is local to the donor’s place of death.

Please allow 5-6 weeks for the death certificate to be ready. Stanford Anatomical Gift Program only collects the information for the death certificate. We do not notify you when the certified copy of the death certificate is ready nor acquire the certified copy for you. The cost of the death certificate will vary depending on the county.

Please contact the local County Clerk-Recorder’s Office in the county of your loved one’s place of death for more information.

The contact information for your local County’s Clerk-Recorder’s Office can be found below:

Grief Support

We are deeply committed to expressing our sincere gratitude for the invaluable contributions made by each donor, which significantly advance education and research at Stanford University. We understand that the months and years following the loss of a loved one can be challenging, and we strive to offer the best possible support to the families of our donors.

Living with Grief & Loss by Helen Hsu