I elected to donate my body to science years ago, and will try to give the reasons here why you should do the same. The benefits to multitudes of people around the world, to your immediate family and to you, will be touched upon here. Also, the ease of becoming a body donor will be explained in detail.
Death is inevitable for us all, but it does not have to be the expensive and distressing event that seems to be the norm here in the United States. When one dies, the remaining family members are left with the emotional and costly details of arranging a funeral. Cemetery burial plots are also expensive but can be avoided with the donor option. Funerals do give closure, but I believe the same closure can be obtained through a donor program. The ashes can be returned to the family if requested and these remains can be scattered, saved in an urn, or buried if you wish. You can arrange a simple memorial service, or a mass if that is your desire. Some people forgo the mass or memorial service, and plan a nice family gathering to share their thoughts and memories.
There is no cost to full body donation. Every single detail and expense will be handled by whatever organization or medical school you choose. Since some families would have to borrow to cover an unexpected funeral and the cost of a burial plot, this entire process can be avoided. Personally, I would prefer to leave my children any money that I have accumulated, rather than leave them to face the daunting and expensive task of arranging a funeral. Both of my grown children agree, and also are full body donors now. I now have a sense of inner peace that has come from knowing that the very last detail of my life has been handled properly and responsibly for the benefit for others. The convenience and simplicity of the whole thing is just one of the important reasons you should donate.
The list of people that benefit is endless. Aside from yourself and your family members, the medical and scientific fields will gain greatly from your gift. For anyone that has ever had surgery, it is a given that the surgeon has had practice on full body science donations. Thanks to body donations new surgical procedures are developed and the causes and cures of diseases are researched. These advances made in research benefit people all over the world.
Look this actual donor firm website over for specific details and for answers to any questions you have. Most of the university donor programs are similar, except they do most of the research in their own medical programs.
MedCure: Why Donate
If you are already an organ donor it is still possible to donate your entire body to science. The organizations and institutions will follow different procedures when this is the case. You may have to do some research to find the institution that will best fit your individual situation and desires.
Once you decide to donate, simply contact whichever institution you wish to use and they will give you everything you need. It is a very uncomplicated process, with minimal paperwork. Some will give you a donor card to carry, others may provide a donor sticker with their contact information that you attach to the back of your drivers license.
Please give this some thought, and do a little research. Talk it over with your family to discuss all the emotional, financial, and scientific benefits you will provide from this single decision. The peace of mind you will get from easing your family’s burden, and helping countless others along the way will be well worth your time…