A few years ago my mother told me she was donating her body to science. I investigated why this is a good alternative to a traditional funeral. In New York, the Associated Medical Schools of New York help license whole body donation programs amongst medical colleges in the state. These reputable schools serve as a protection against the darker side of body brokers. When I pass on, my body will be going to science. Following is a transcript of the video.
Kevin Reilly: When I die, this body is going straight to science. It’s not going in a casket. It’s not going to a crematorium. I’m going to donate it right to a medical school. Why?
Peggy Reilly: My name is Peggy Reilly. I’m 65 years old.
Kevin Reilly: This is my mother. And the story starts with her. She traveled all around the world, raised three awesome kids, and is generally amazing. But then something happened.
Peggy Reilly: I had a stroke on March 23rd, 2012.
Kevin Reilly: The stroke was caused by a blood vessel bursting in her brain. It changed everything.
Peggy Reilly: I miss working properly, taking care of my husband and my children. I miss that. And driving, and … taking care of the dogs, and cleaning the house. And walking. I miss all that.
Kevin Reilly: A few years after the stroke, she told me she wanted to donate her body to science. And my reaction was, “Why?” Because it’s expensive to have a funeral. But I’d like them to learn from my body, so that they can use everything from my whole entire body, and the bones and everything.
Funerals are expensive. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the median price is about $7,300. And a cremation is only about a thousand dollars cheaper. This is a funeral pricing checklist from the Federal Trade Commission. Basic service for the funeral director and staff, pickup of body, embalming, other preparation of body, casket, funeral memorial service, graveside service, including staff and equipment, hearse.
This is ridiculous. I don’t want to put my loved ones through that. So this got me thinking that, like my mom, I should use what I have to help people once I’m dead. So I went to find out how I can donate my body.
This is Jo Wiederhorn. She’s the President and CEO of the Associated Medical Schools of New York. That’s the group that makes sure body donation programs in New York are legit.
Jo Wiederhorn: So the process is really very easy. First of all, when you decide that that’s what you want to do, you should contact the medical school that you want to donate to. And I would say that you should donate to a medical school. They are licensed; they go through a rigorous process to become licensed.
Kevin Reilly: Medical schools seem like an obvious choice, but there’s a darker reasoning behind this.
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Source:: Business Insider – Tech