If I donate organs, can I have an open casket at my funeral?

Piedmont Heart Institute
Administration
Yes, you can have an open casket funeral after organ donation. Donation does not interfere with an open casket service. Surgical techniques are used to retrieve organs and tissues, and all incisions are closed.
This answer is based on source information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Discovery Health
Administration

Yes. Once your donated organs are removed from your body, your body is sewn back up and your body remains visually unaltered for an open casket.

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