Funeral Directors

Demetrius Hewlin

“Even through the darkness of the situation, there was a marvelous light,” says Phyllis. “Demetrius ultimately helped seven people. He proved that each one can reach one. Why not give the gift of life? God gave you life, so give others life.” LEARN MORE.

As part of our continuing efforts to facilitate organ, eye and tissue donation, Lifebanc staff actively works with nearly 500 funeral homes in northeast Ohio.

We also build relationships with funeral directors and embalmers through various educational programs and in-service workshops, enabling them to facilitate the donation process. Lifebanc has initiated:

Reimbursement of Reasonable Costs

Lifebanc reimburses funeral homes for reasonable and customary costs directly incurred as a result of the donation process. Any costs related to donation should not be passed on to the donor family. A new pair of Unionalls is provided at no cost to the funeral home on every multi-tissue donor.

Educational Programs

Lifebanc offers in-service and educational programs for all funeral home staff. Lifebanc can help apply for continuing education hours if the funeral home desires.

Funeral Service Support

This Lifebanc staff member is a resource for funeral homes with questions regarding organ and tissue procurement, recovery and post-donation care. If your funeral home offers pre-planning services, Lifebanc can provide informational material to assist the people you serve in learning about the choice of donation.

Obituaries and Memorials

Donor families may be unaware of the choices they have to honor the memory of their loved one. Lifebanc supports your efforts to provide grieving families with options that re- affirm their decision to donate life and personalize each funeral service.

If a family wishes to have their loved one's gift of life recognized formally in the obituary, you may suggest any of the following phrases:

  • "Jane gave in death, as she gave in life. Jane was an organ and/or tissue donor."
  • "Jane was an organ and/or tissue donor."
  • "Jane's final act was to give the gift of life through organ and/or tissue donation."
  • "Jane gave the gift of life through organ and/or tissue donation."

The "Donate Life" logo also can be used to accompany an obituary indicating that the deceased gave the gift of life as an organ/tissue donor.

Memorial/Tribute Contributions

Lifebanc is appreciative of the opportunity to help families and friends honor their loved ones. Each tribute and memorial contribution is appropriately acknowledged. Please indicate the type of gift, to whom an acknowledgement should be sent, and the mailing address in a note that accompanies the gift. Financial contributions can be made online or sent through the mail. Click here for donation information.

The Gift of Life Memorial Program

A personalized memorial box is given to each donor family to provide a place to keep special items that families connect with their loved one. Families are informed that Lifebanc will deliver the box to their chosen funeral home and to pick it up there. This box is delivered to the funeral home in one of two ways, either sent directly with the donor or hand delivered by one of the Lifebanc staff. If additional resources are needed to support multiple services, please contact Lifebanc to check on availability. 

Bereavement Services

The Bereavement Department reaches out to donor families by mail and phone throughout a two-year period after the date of the donation. In addition, we offer individual grief counseling, support groups in the Lifebanc service area, the opportunity to have a quilt square and take part in our annual memorial service.

For more information on Lifebanc's Funeral Director Program, email our Funeral Services Coordinator or call 1.888.558.LIFE (5433).
 

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