Body Donation After Death More Popular Than Ever For Several Reasons

by Vaughn Balchunas

in Cremation, Death and Dying

Over the past few years, there has been an increase in the number of people who have made the decision to donate their bodies to science after they die. Each year in the United States alone, around 15,000 Americans donate their bodies after death to medical facilities across the country. The donated bodies are used in medical research projects and to teach medical students anatomy and surgical procedures.


Money Savings a Deciding Factor for Many who Donate

Once a donated body is used for research and education, the facility provides the surviving family with free cremation of their loved ones’ remains. It can cost anywhere from $600 to over $3000 to pay for a cremation so there is a significant amount of money to be saved. And, once a body is cremated, the ashes can be returned to the family so that they can do what they wish with them.

One can assume that a reason more people are choosing to donate their bodies to science is the money savings factor. In addition to paying for the cremation of the remains, body donation programs also pay to have the donated body transported to their facility unless the body must be moved from another state. Most body donation programs allows the donor’s family to conduct a final memorial service if they wish before taking custody of the body. However, they will not pay for the services.


With the strained economy and the rising cost of cremation and burial, many people today are struggling to make ends meet over. It therefore should come as no big surprise that a growing number of individuals have made the decision to donate their bodies to science after they pass away.

Many Donors Wish to Help Cure Illnesses and Diseases

Donated bodies are used to help researchers fine new cures for illnesses and diseases and to develop innovative surgical techniques. Many people make the decision to donate their bodies because they wish to give mankind the gift of life after they are gone. It is quite common for a donor to have lost someone they care about to an incurable disease which prompts them to donate as a way to significantly contribute toward the fight against the disease that claimed their loved one’s life.

More Awareness of the Benefits of Body Donation

Another reason body donation is gaining momentum is because awareness of the issue has increased thanks in part to the internet. The world wide web has brought the topic of body donation out of the closet and into the mainstream as many leading online newspapers, magazines and blogs have featured articles on body donation programs. Additionally, the leading donor programs all have websites which are chock full of information and answers to frequently asked questions about the topic. One can even very easily become a potential donor by registering right online at the website of their program of choice.

Donors Effectively Campaign for Body Donation Among Friends and Relatives

It is common for a registered donor to share the news of their plans to donate his or her body to science with friends, family and acquaintances. This is another reason why more and more people are deciding to register themselves. There’s little doubt that full body donation will only continue to rise in popularity as more people become aware of the fact that donating their body to science is a very viable option to consider.

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Kirsten Mooney has worked in health industry for many years. She blogs about health and family.

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