Although the option to donate your body to science instead of having it buried or cremated has been around for decades, it’s an option many people have a hard time considering. After all, when your body becomes a learning tool for the next generation of doctors and scientists, you are unable to hold a traditional burial.
Still, thousands of people every year make this choice—and many families are happy to see their loved one’s physical body become a valuable part of modern research. Here are five reasons why.
- There are virtually no burial costs. It might not be the most noble reason out there, but most body donations come with a zero dollar price tag. You coordinate with the donation team (at a medical school, body donation program, or other facility), and they usually handle most of the costs associated with transportation and the body’s final disposal. (Note, though, that you may still have to pay a funeral home a fee if you arrange the donation through them.) (more…)