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Leave your legacy... Donate your body to research and education!

By donating your body to science, you are helping give doctors and students a learning opportunity which can lead to a more effective technique or a new life-saving surgical procedure. Whole body donations make cutting edge developments in the fields of cancer treatment, thoracic research and neurology studies possible.

Body donations are not the same as organ donations. Although organ donation is perhaps a better known alternative to a funeral, anatomical donations are a much greater gift to the future of humankind.
If you or a loved one is considering cremation as an alternative to a traditional funeral, please consider making an anatomical gift. We provide a free cremation to those who make a whole body donation to science. Making an anatomical gift is a final act of caring and leaves a legacy of hope for the future.

Why Donate?

Anatomical donations allow research institutions to discover new ways to fight serious diseases and disorders such as cancer, Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis. At Life Science Anatomical; we also work closely with surgical teaching institutions. We carefully match anatomical gifts to the needs of accredited medical research institutions for the greatest benefit to research and education. A Life Science Anatomical surgical technician accompanies the whole body donor at each stage of the journey. This commitment has made us the program of choice for the leading research and teaching institutions in the nation.

If you or a loved one is considering cremation, making a whole body donation for medical research is one of the most compassionate funeral alternatives available today. Making an anatomical donation will not interfere with your desire for a cremation. Rather, a donation can reduce the burden of funeral expenses while bettering the condition of humankind.

The cost for donating your body to science is next to nothing. Unlike a traditional funeral, which can cost $10,000 or more, the cost for donating your body to science through Life Science Anatomical is minimal. The only cost is the death certificate. A donor's estate does not even have to pay for the cremation. We provide cremation services free after recovery has been completed. Making a body donation for medical research is not only a compassionate act; the donation is an affordable act as well.

For someone who is alive, donating their body to science is much like pre-planning a traditional funeral. After meeting our donation criteria, a potential donor is sent a registration card and copies of the consent forms. The next of kin and two witnesses must sign the donation card and consent forms in order to clearly indicate that a body donation for medical research is the donor's final wish. Planning for the donation process is completely under their control.

Body Donation Process

If you have made your wishes known and pre-registered, then nothing else is necessary until your passing. A representative from Life Science will go through a medical and social interview with the family or next-of-kin to determine if your donation can be accepted into the program. If the deceased qualifies for the program, the donor is transported to our facility. Blood is drawn from the donor to test for infectious disease, and tissues are then matched with researchers and educational facilities. After the recovery is completed, the remains are cremated at a licensed crematory and are returned to the family at no cost if they choose.

Steps in the body donation process:

  • Death is confirmed.
  • Life Science Anatomical is notified by the estate or next-of-kin.
  • We discuss potential donation with family and acceptability of the body with physician and/ or family.
  • All arrangements are made for transportation.
  • Blood is drained from the donor for infectious disease testing.
  • Tissue is matched with medical researchers and educators, accommodating the donor's wishes when possible.
  • Remains are cremated and returned to the family at no cost.

How to Donate

Please call our Lee Funeral Home at (775) 727-1888 to schedule an appointment.