Cadaver donations for medical research.

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Does anyone know more about this process? I’ve come across a couple of profiles which state that their bodies were donated to medical research at specific colleges but why is there no project about this? These people should be considered modern day hero’s in my book. I would love to start something if I could get a couple of volunteers to help me out with it.

So many doors to be opened!!
in WikiTree Help by Kaylee Robinson G2G6 Mach 2 (24.6k points)
In Cincinnati at our largest cemetery (Spring Grove) there is a special place with a memorial for those that donate. This is where all cremains from donations are buried, except of course those that go back to the families.

https://med.uc.edu/bodydonation/annual-memorial-ceremony

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My father donated his body to science.  There were two surprises involved in that process - the first was that science was not entirely sure it wanted his cast-off 84-year-old body.  When called, they were ambivalent, but then came and took a look and decided to comply with his wishes.  Presumably he was in good enough shape.  The second surprise was a year later when they called my mother and told her to come and pick up the ashes.  

Since i knew for decades that his intention was to donate his body, it never seemed unusual to me.  Only recently have i realized that he won't be on Find A Grave for any researching relatives to find. And only just now have i realized that i should put a note about it on his profile!
by Shirlea Smith G2G6 Pilot (175k points)
Hey Shirlea -- Not sure if you were aware, but you are able to make a Find A Grave profile for him. Body donated to science is one of the options for final disposition on the site.
Thank you!  I was not aware!  That is very interesting.  I am not a contributor to FAG - how exactly would i do it?

Much appreciated!
You're welcome! First thing you'll want to do, if you haven't already is create an account for yourself. If you an existing account that's fine too -- after you login click on Contribute at the top of the page and it will go right to the page to start setting up a memorial. The first screen in the process it asks for a cemetery, but there's a little checkbox on the page that you can select for Non-Cemetery burial. This will take you to the page to select the disposition from a drop down menu. The site prompts you through the process of setting up the memorial -- it really only takes a couple of minutes. As with making a WikiTree profile for someone you can add a lot or just a little info.

Hope this helps!
I’ve thought about this for years, as my grandfather signed up for this quite some time ago. He just very recently passed and it was surprising to me that it was a rather smooth process and is now something myself am considering. I was also unaware that there is an option on FAG for donations! Good to know!

Maybe this is where I will start working with there, making FAG profiles for them! Thanks a million guys!
Thanks Kaylee!  That sounds like a lovely idea!

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