Donating body to forensic science after death


I would like to donate ny body to forensic science after my death because I have no family that cares and I don't believe in god so I do not want a funeral.So if my body could be used to assist in forensic science it would leave me content, to do so,

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Cheyenne's picture
Cheyenne says:

I want to donate my body!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 05/07/2008 - 9:58am
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nosebleed says:

that sounds gross and then you would be dead so whats the point.

posted on Wed, 05/07/2008 - 10:49am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I have contemplated this decision myself. There is a place called the Body Farm that conducts research with human bodies. Bodies are placed in specific conditions so notes can be taken about its decomposition. This research is then used by forensic anthropologists and the criminal community in order to assist in investigations. I think knowing the time of death of a body has greatly improved with this kind of research. With research like this I see donating one's body to science as a great asset to the rest of the population.

posted on Wed, 05/07/2008 - 1:17pm
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Liza says:

Cool discussion.

Last summer, when the Science Museum of Minnesota was hosting Body Worlds, we had a whole feature on the topic of body donation. (Yes, we talked about the Body Farm.)

And if you search Science Buzz for "body donation," a whole page of resources pops up.

posted on Wed, 05/07/2008 - 1:51pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

what is the donation process,costs,etc?

posted on Mon, 07/07/2008 - 5:48pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says: This is the site for info

posted on Sun, 08/03/2008 - 1:59am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I want to dedicate this comment to the person above who wrote that they feel no one cares for them...There is somebody that does care, you just dont know it yet!Keep faith stron..i just wanted to reach out to you and lend you a helping hand..

posted on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 11:33pm
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Anonymous says:

don't be ridiculous. There is no good reason why anyone should care for this person's body after death. At least this way, some good can come of it - by donating your body to forensics you help to catch murderers, by donating your body to medicine, you help others to live.

posted on Tue, 06/29/2010 - 1:28pm
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Teresa says:

Hi I feel the same way as the person felt about no one caring Ive been thru alot in my life and it just feels like no one is there for me, I know this comment was back
1/01/2009 so if you still want to give a helping hand I will take it :(

posted on Wed, 05/16/2012 - 6:38am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It's better than having your body just rot in the ground. Imagine, maybe your body, although dead and smelly :P, could actually help people in the future with medical research.

I'm considering it as well.

posted on Thu, 07/02/2009 - 11:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This is a noble act, one that everyone can learn from for the future of science. My mother did this and am proud of her for doing so.

posted on Sun, 07/05/2009 - 10:23am
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Dal says:

I too would like to donate my body for forensic science, I'm dyed in the wool atheist and the thought of some priest or preacher praying over me like he knew me makes me sick. And to the funeral homes preying on my wife and family doublely sickens me. this way I could better serve mankind and my family in death, I love them and they me ( I guess? ) so I feel this would be one of the best options for me. my only question is how do I contact the bone farm to see if I can donate my body to them? the thought of decomposing in the woods really appeals to me, my body returning to the land.

posted on Wed, 09/02/2009 - 10:27pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I agree in thinking that it would be nice for my body to decompose into the earth... yep totally considering donating my body to forensic science.

posted on Wed, 02/24/2010 - 12:13am
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Garland says:

I am a 40 year diabetic, with failing kidneys and a bad heat and ciculartorial system. I am 58 years old and don't know how much longer life has for me.but since my organs can't be donated to help science save others maybe my degrading body can help doctors understand to help others in the future. I just wish the schools made it easier to contact them and discccuss if they want or could use it.

posted on Tue, 10/20/2009 - 6:04pm
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Michael Crowley says:

I am a 45 year old diabetic . Have been on insulin for 33 years now and try to take care of myself best that I can. I to want to donate my body to diabetic research to help scientist learn more about this disease and prevent others from going through what I've had to with my health. How do I do that?!! Who do I call?!! Please help if you have any incite. Thanks, Michael

posted on Tue, 10/12/2010 - 7:54pm
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Abbi A Allan says:

I plan on donating my body to science after I pass on. It has been priceless in the progress of science and medicine. I hope that even in my passing, my body can be used to learn from and hopefully save lives

posted on Thu, 01/21/2010 - 6:48pm
Mai Yang's picture
Mai Yang says:

i think that sience is very intresting.
For those who wish to become a doctor,
treat your patient well and do your VERY BEST
to protect and save them.
'Cause I dream to be a GREAT DOCTOR.

posted on Fri, 01/22/2010 - 12:50pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This stuff is so I gross I think!!!! Why would anyone want to do this??? I mean your body is disgusing...Peace:D Make the right decisions in life!

posted on Sat, 01/23/2010 - 9:49am
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If anyone donate One's body due to his disbelief in GOD or one has no relatives, then I don't feel cool. But if someone wants to do so for the sake of science or humanity, then that is great. I really bow before such guy. It is the attitude that inspires not the option that to be opted. So if someone wants to donate his body, please do it for the sake of the betterment of science with a hearty smile. I am prepared for that if time or situation permits. Hope so.....

posted on Wed, 03/10/2010 - 12:40pm
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Sharon says:

I am considering donating my body to science. The only way we can help find cures and he "hows and whys" of diseases and surgical proceedures is by giving the greatest gift you can give your dead body. There aren't many options to dispose of our remains once we are gone. Funerals are more for the living than the dead anyway, and after a few years people stop coming to your gravesite to leave flowers. People move from state to state therefore, they cannot visit the family gravesite--I cannot see the purpose of spending over 6,000 or more for a box to decompose in. Remember, even after embalming the body decomposes, just at a slower rate. Funerals are big business for all parties involved and the surviving family members pay the price especially if there is no life insurance. The only situation inwhich my opinion differs is when it comes to children. I have 2 children, and if something happened to them I would definately allow organ donation in order to try to save another person's life, or help the living in some way. These people who are "squeemish" about this topic forget that we don't need these parts anymore but there are millions that do. For example, there are people out there that need cornia transplants, hello! where do you think they get them from? Think about the people who have never seen the color red, or their mother or father's face or teir toes or the color of their help someone to have better vision, or hearing, or whatever is just a miracle. Anyone who reads this, put yourself in a person's shoes who is on a wait list for an organ and they are running out of time but, with it they can have a better life, hey look, when I am dead I don't need that part anymore why not help some unfortunate person-maybe it could be one of you some day-Ultimately this is a difficult decision for anyone, and eventhough religion can play a factor, I was baptized a Catholic, but I don't go to church (I have too many issues with the Catholic Church) but the teachings I learned as a child still remain an will always remain with me. It is my "soul" that is involved with the "afterlife" if ther is one-and not the physical body, overall most religions teach us to be good people and to help our fellow man-well what better way than this-help your fellow man not the funeral directors bank account.
To all of you out there thinking about this decision, good luck and I wish all of you the best in your lifetimes.

posted on Fri, 04/02/2010 - 8:33am
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DelShaun says:

why would you want to donate your body? that is nasty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would not ever donate my body ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Fri, 04/02/2010 - 10:40am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

that could save ur child . then if it was what would you do let ur kid die because you did

posted on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 3:09pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

you dont know what your saying.your not in that body anymore give someone a will be rewarded for doing a good baby brother just passed andhe donated his body to science .he was 49 .navy man . a good man that knew how to love people

posted on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 3:21pm
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John Jenkins says:

Donating your body and/or organs for scientific research or to help others is a noble act. I have a hard time believing that nobody cares about you but that doesn't mean that you should not consider donating. There are a number of forensic disciplines that benefit from body donations including forensic psychiatry. I know it sounds odd but it a forensic psychiatrist can learn a lot about what makes people tick and you can help future generations.

posted on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 9:15am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Donating one's body to Forensic lab after death. This is a good contribution to people of coming generation to learn about. What is wrong if someone can learn out of your body when it's no use for you. Besides, your body will be decayed under the ground after funeral too. So, it's better to give out for a noble cause.

posted on Sat, 04/10/2010 - 3:14am
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Body donation is tantamount to being friendly with environment and cool with mother-earth. It's part of "going green" because the body needs no pouring of toxic chemicals once it is donated. It adds life to those who are short of it. It also gives hope in finding cure for diseases.

posted on Mon, 05/03/2010 - 9:48pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I'm going on 52 and many times throughout the years I've thought about where i would want to be buried. I have no special burial plot. I thought about cremation. I have no particular place I'd want my ashes scattered. I thought about whole body donation. I feel at peace. My loved ones don't have to visit a burial plot with a cold headstone, nor do they have to try to figure out a special place to scatter ashes. I will live in their hearts and that's where I want to be.
In the meantime, I can save them the awful expence of cemetaries or scattering. People can learn something from my body. I would rather be in potters field or on a slab with medical students than anywhere else. That brings me a sense of peace. It's a "win - win" for all, including me.

posted on Sun, 10/10/2010 - 9:03pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I and my husband have had discussion on this subject .we both would like more information on this as well if this helps our fellow person find what they need we are all for it,

posted on Sun, 10/24/2010 - 12:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I would like to know if you can still donate organs for organ transplants if you gave your body to science. It would make sense if they were only going to test parts that can't be donated.

posted on Fri, 12/03/2010 - 5:48pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i too consither donating my dead body to science as it make sense in may can help improve the medical science and the next generation can benefit from it. I am 54 and diabetic and with high blood pressure for over 20 years..i brought up my 6 children on my own since my husband passed away in 1993. The thought of being underground being eaten by maggots and worms freaks me out and i dont like being on fire neither. I believe in GOD but it's your soul that is wanted not th dicomposed body..we are just here passing by and the soul goes on with or without the body. It will also save my children the funeral expenses which is very expensive this days Coz i dont have any savings to bury me or insurance had not manage to do that, cant afford. SO in over all it is a common sense to make my dead body usefull.

posted on Wed, 03/02/2011 - 2:08pm
Indianapolis Auto Dealers's picture

In an effort to be more green, I think this is an excellent way to "dispose" of our bodies after we are gone. Let's face it, in 100 years, nobody is going to know or care who is underneath a headstone, and cremation is expensive! If we donate our bodies, at least something good is coming out of it!

posted on Wed, 04/20/2011 - 10:05am
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curious says:

in the end though, it should still be a choice of the individual. i see all the pros and cons here, and there's no need to label it "going green" to promote and mislabel it. it should still be a choice, and acceptable whichever decision the individual makes. it is their body after all, dead or alive-in the end we will all be dead anyways and recycled in the matter world. so it's an option, not a should or should not debate: if you don't your stupid, if you do your nasty....seriously people...

posted on Wed, 04/20/2011 - 8:04pm
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Frank says:

I've been registered as a whole body donor since age 30, and, at 55, I sincerely hope that my body ends up on a dissecting table in death.

I consider it an honor to join like-minded people in serving the living, by becoming an anatomical specimenn for medical education. Consider the fact that, in becoming a donor, you can join the centuries-old scientific traditions of great anatomists like Galen and da Vinci.

Wholeheartedly, I agree with the post saying that they would prefer to end up in a potter's field or a gross anatomy slab -- basically, after the team of medical students dissects my body from head to toe, the leftovers will be mixed with those of other donors, and incinerated to ashes.

After an ecumenical ceremony, the commingled cremains of dozens of cadavers will then be buried directly into the soil at a local cemetary.

This mode of disposition appeals to me as an Agnostic and Scientific Pantheist -- bascially, my atoms and molecules fuse with those of other donors, to return the cycles of Nature.

As the "Plastinator" Gunther von Hagens says, "dead bodies have no souls". Ignore the skeptics who say that your donated cadaver will be mistreated. Basically, there's not enough time for horse play, as med school is high pressure, and classes are tightly supervised in most schools.

Besides, if a stressed student wants to toss my disembodied lungs around like a football, or insert my severed penis into a female cadaver's vagina for gallows humor, what difference does it make to me? "I" will no longer exist, as the body is just a shell, problematically, human meat and bones.

In becoming a donor, the true memorial is not some marker in a long-forgotten cemetary plot, but the skills and knowledge of doctors, nurses, physical therapists and other health care professionals, who began their education by dissecting your cadaver.

I would encourage any serious, mature person to consider whole body donation to a medical school, body farm forensics research, laboratory research, or plastination. It may save thousands of lives in the long term, and all you have to do is sign the forms, and inform your executor or family of your decision.

posted on Wed, 05/18/2011 - 2:38pm
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Sharon F says:

Where did you sign up at? I am looking to donate my body to science for whatever purpose they choose to use it for. I had thought about forensics, but now I am thinking that I would prefer to have it used for more helpful, health and future healing purposes.

posted on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 8:00pm
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Bretta says:

as an only child my parents just discussed this option with me...they do not want me to have to make a decision after they are gone..they are making a choice to donate now so i am checking out the options... and as the mother of an only child i had already decided on cremation but I am reconsidering donation as a more economical option.. i would much rather she use the insurance for a trip of her dreams...well Ok... it's not that much insurance money..but i do want her to use it to remember me not remember the debt of burying me..

posted on Thu, 05/19/2011 - 2:50pm
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Regardless of reasoning, I think it is a great idea. Donating our bodies will hep scientist to possibly discover new cures and treatments. Not only would it be helping future generations, but also it is a cheaper alternative, and if you live to be a ripe old age,100 years after your death, who is going to come visit your headstone anyways? All older relatives will have passed on, your children (if any), and grandchildren (if any) will have all passed on as well.

posted on Mon, 06/27/2011 - 1:29pm
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hampers says:

This is such a sad bunch of comments here. I feel so sorry for somepeeps on here. God bless.

posted on Wed, 12/07/2011 - 10:51am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

sad to want to lve forever,i respect your beliefs,etc,but we all think different,i want to see the future,i want to know,i desire knowledge,not faith,in something that i've never seen,give me real things

posted on Tue, 12/20/2011 - 9:05pm
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Annee says:

Thanks a lot for your time and energy to have decided to put these things together on this web site. Michael and i also very much liked your insight through your own articles over certain things. I understand that you have many demands on schedule so the fact that a person like you took equally as much time like you did to steer people like us by way of this article is definitely highly prized.
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posted on Thu, 02/09/2012 - 8:26am
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victor garcia says:

I am donating my whole body to science after my death i'm dying from brain cancer and i'm only 31 years old i allways wanted to donated my body to science when i was 7 years i get to donated my body this year i cant wait for the lab to have my dead skinny white naked body on a morgue slab to be cut up for medical research [:

posted on Thu, 08/02/2012 - 12:38pm

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