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Donating Body…

It’s not easy deciding how to dispose of our bodies when we die  – and not altogether fair to leave that touchy decision to the kids.

We opted long ago for cremation.

Then we decided to donate any organs that might be of value to medical research.

At this point we are about to go all the way and donate our bodies to medical science.

They take the bodies, remove whatever parts medical schools and labs might want, cremate the remaining parts and return the ashes to the families.

There is no charge, so thousands of dollars are kept in the family. The funeral home is cut completely out of the process. The body is treated with respect. And, best of all, it does some good, long after we can’t.

We smile at the thought. It’s a good thing to do.

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2 responses to “Donating Body…

  1. brett brady June 29, 2007 at 3:17 am

    What a fantastic solution! Where do I inquire about sending a body of work?

  2. Patrick Mahoney June 29, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    It is a very good thing. I work with local colleges and research hospitals in cremating the remains through our company Do note however that the cremated remains may not be returned for 6-12 months due to the researchers doing their research on the body.

    Also, we have hundereds of urns available at

    Check it out.

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