Body Donation – It’s Not What You Think

For most people, the idea of donating your body to science after their death is not something they’ve ever seriously considered. If you ask, they’d probably tell you it’s because that’s something that only the indigent do; or that they would rather have a traditional funeral so that their loved ones can properly mourn their loss.

Though these folks are almost certainly sincere in their beliefs about the process of passing your body along to medical science, they’re not up to date on body donation facts.

Donating your body to medical research is a very sober process that’s handled caring professionals at every step of the way. And though it’s not just for poor people with no other options, it does offer some serious economic advantages to the surviving family members.

If you’ve got an open mind, and are interested in giving back something to society after you’ve passed on, here are facts about body donationyou might be interested in hearing about.

Donation – Not Dissection

One common misconception about body donation is that you’ll be handing your remains over to a medical school where a bunch of young med students will spend a few months dissecting your organs. That is something completely different from modern body donation.

If you agree to allow researchers to use your remains, they usually only remove a few organs or tissue samples. This is normally done within a couple of days after your death and all the work is handled by professional researchers at accredited research facilities.

In most cases, your cremated remains can be returned to your family to use in the memorial or funeral service of your choice. This is a far cry from the months-long dissection process that takes place in medical school cadaver labs.

The Economics of Body Donation

One unexpected benefit of body donation is purely economical and can be a real gift to your survivors as they mourn their loss. That’s because most body donation services will cover some of the costs associated with dying that most of us rarely consider.

For starters, donation services normally pay the cost of having your remains transported from your place of death to a licensed funeral home. From there, the mortician will arrange transportation to the research facility. They’ll also file all the necessary paperwork for getting a proper death certificate. (That’s one pile of paperwork no one wants to face.)

Once the researchers have completed their work, they’ll return your remains to the mortician for cremation. The donation service also covers the cost of cremation, which can be several thousand dollars.

Your Funeral, Your Way

Once your cremated remains have been returned to your family, they can use them in the funeral or memorial service of your choice. If you want a traditional religious funeral service, that’s definitely still an option, even if you’ve donated your body. Most major religions have no prohibitions against this type of activity.

If you’re willing to do a little research, you’ll find that body donation offers plenty of benefits and is not, in most cases, what you think it is.

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