Would you donate your body to science after you die?

Total votes: 475

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Joe's picture
Joe says:

I would and will, after my organs are harvested, if needed.

posted on Thu, 12/22/2005 - 11:25am
diana's picture
diana says:

nope it would be pointless

posted on Mon, 05/08/2006 - 11:28am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

eeeewwwww

posted on Thu, 12/22/2005 - 11:31am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

You can't take it with you and that is really all that there is to it.

posted on Tue, 05/30/2006 - 11:50am
Nikki's picture
Nikki says:

u know what i dont agree with that because i believe in a place called heaven and i would like my whole entire body to be there .

posted on Tue, 08/29/2006 - 2:37pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Do you think your entire body goes to Heaven? As far as I know only Christ did something like that.

posted on Sat, 05/26/2007 - 8:18am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

and mary

posted on Sat, 05/26/2007 - 1:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

According to scripture a "saved " person will have a new body on resurrection day.

posted on Mon, 06/11/2007 - 5:21pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I do not want to donate my body for personal reasons of my own but I know that your soul goes to heaven if you are saved and deserve a home in heaven.

posted on Sat, 06/16/2007 - 3:42pm
muffy's picture
muffy says:

unless you are raptured

posted on Mon, 10/08/2007 - 3:49pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

That is not true
lots of people go to heaven.

posted on Sat, 09/26/2009 - 6:59am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

LOL -Do you actually believe your physical body will go to heaven -break out of your coffin?
I thought "heaven" was a spiritual place where whoever believes in it will "spiritually" go.
Were you being serious about that comment?

posted on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 9:18pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

If you believe in HEAVEN then you must believe in Jesus. You will not need your organs when you go to heaven due to the fact that your body will not go with you. On Judgement day when Jesus comes and reserects every christian from its grave your body will be reunited with your sole. Jesus will make you a perfect being. Jesus also believes in helping others!

posted on Sat, 11/17/2007 - 9:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

and if you donate your body you ARE helping others

posted on Wed, 04/02/2008 - 9:38am
King's picture
King says:

I am sorry for all of you good people who claim that Jesus [peace Be on Him] will save you and who claimed that on Judgement day Jesus will come and reserect every christian from its grave etc. My good brothers and sisters...Jesus is a great Prophet of God and NOT God. Jesus will come back to earth as the normal human being he is; created by God to live and die a normal death as of all the Prophets before him from Adam to Mohamed [Peace be on all of them]. The body and flesh will be eaten up and eventually rot but the soul will never die. In a nut shell a bad person's soul will face punishment forever...and a good person's soul who believes in one God and who did not associate parthner with Him and who believes in all the Prophets as PROPHETS of God [including Jesus Peace be on Him] and who believes that Mohamed Peace be on Him is the final messenger of God and who also believes in the Angels and the Holy Books and who do what is good and refrain from doing what is evil as prescribed by God...will attain the Garden of Paradise. The great Prophet of God Jesus WILL NOT be able to help your soul to Paradise as he never claimed to be God...no where in any of the Bible is such statement made by Jesus Peace be on Him.

posted on Mon, 09/22/2008 - 3:18pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

No, I am sorry for you, because one day you will know the truth and it will be too late. The truth is Jesus IS God, and the only way to heaven. He is not a prophet, but God Himself, made man, so that we could have eternal life. May He reveal to you the truth, and the truth set you free.

posted on Thu, 10/02/2008 - 10:23am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Glad we're getting some serious scientific discussion on here!

posted on Thu, 10/02/2008 - 10:59am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Am Man to your comment!!!

posted on Mon, 11/30/2009 - 10:44am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

only your soul goes to heaven......donate!!!!

posted on Sun, 01/13/2008 - 1:10pm
laurie_'s picture
laurie_ says:

I agree !!!! if your body went to heaven we would not need graves. Why not help people in need? You DO NOT need your body after you die, your soul will contiune on.

posted on Sun, 06/21/2009 - 8:26am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Have u ever read the bible? If you did u would know that your body doesn't go to heaven or hell, your soul does....hellooo!

posted on Thu, 02/28/2008 - 8:02am
Ginhxster's picture
Ginhxster says:

provided of course that heaven exists. otherwise due to your beliefs your body is just taking up an un-necessary amount of space in the ground somewhere decomposing back to the carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and other elements were made up of. I think that when you die there is no heaven or hell... you just die, thats the end of you. so i'm not really going to be using my body anymore, i might as well put it somewhere where someone might benefit from it after. rather than just rotting in the ground, even if they do just do random tests or a student cuts me up to learn about the body.

posted on Thu, 04/24/2008 - 8:09am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

EXACTLY what a refreshing opinion! Whatever they can use my body for it's better than burning it or it decomposing in the ground. We don't all believe in heaven and hell and there are so many things a body can be used for. I'd love to have mine used in a body farm but i don't think they have them in the uk.

posted on Fri, 06/06/2008 - 3:21pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

You talked on behalf of me too, inother words I can not be agree more with you

posted on Thu, 02/05/2009 - 9:31am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

if thats the end....that is so sad...y would u want to believe that...? :'(

posted on Thu, 10/20/2011 - 6:53am
Joanna Brown's picture
Joanna Brown says:

your body does not go t o heaven or hell it is the soul. and your soul is released as you die or as soon as the dying prcess is finished. the body is then either buried, or cremated.

posted on Mon, 07/21/2008 - 5:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Well unfortunately your body wont be there just you (your spirit) and thats all you need.

posted on Mon, 11/30/2009 - 10:40am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Don't you know when you die, your body is dead, good for nothing.Your spirit and soul goes to heaven.thanx Bonnie

posted on Mon, 04/18/2011 - 8:00pm
Rebecca Salerno's picture
Rebecca Salerno says:

your whole body doesnt go to heaven with you its only your soul

posted on Thu, 08/11/2011 - 9:17am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

if you believe in heaven you should know that its your soul going not your body. just saying

posted on Thu, 04/12/2012 - 3:31pm
nakia houska's picture
nakia houska says:

y would it be pointless

posted on Thu, 06/01/2006 - 11:22am
Stephanie's picture
Stephanie says:

why would it be pointless? you have no further use for it after you die. why not give it away to someone who can use it, and in such a way as to help with advancements in the medical field and other helpful causes. I see no reason why donating your body to science would be, as you say so eloquently, "pointless".

posted on Thu, 06/01/2006 - 11:53am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think the way you come into this world, is the way you should leave it.

posted on Tue, 06/20/2006 - 4:50pm
Tiffany's picture
Tiffany says:

Thats a very selfish opinion. What if a baby is suffering and is about to die and all he needs is one little transplant to save his little life so he can experience life beyond the age of 3? Should he leave the world suffering just because he was under developed? No i think not.

posted on Wed, 12/13/2006 - 11:38am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

What as a tiny baby?

posted on Fri, 07/27/2007 - 8:45am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

you came into this world as an embryo, a baby so the only way you could go out the same way is if you died as an embryo or baby. you did not come into the world as an adult. donate so someone else can live

posted on Thu, 02/19/2009 - 10:21am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

how would it be piontless? if you could help some one else live because doctors would be able to find a cure by your death wouldn't that be something. What if you died from cancer and then later on in life you son or daughter get the same type of cancer, donating your body could help find a cure for them. wouldn't you want that?

posted on Sun, 11/05/2006 - 12:51pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yes i would leave my body to science after i die, my body is worthless after im dead.

posted on Sun, 12/10/2006 - 8:02am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Maybe, I think I would be educational for other kids.

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 10:28am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

pointless!? i think not.

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 1:56pm
Isabel's picture
Isabel says:

WHY?

posted on Fri, 07/27/2007 - 8:43am
anonymous's picture
anonymous says:

I just read an article on NewsTarget.com about the Pentagon blowing up these bodies for landmine research! Makes me wonder?

posted on Tue, 08/07/2007 - 6:55pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Why would you not donate your body parts? and to Diana... it would make a huge difference.... imagine a little girl sitting at her mother's side and it is the little girl's birthday the next day but if she doesn't get a heart today she WILL DIE. Then imagine this, you were in a fatal car accident on that day and were brought to that same hospital and you are still a minor so your parents have the right to decide. You are a perfect blood match to that woman and your heart could save her life so that she can live to see her daughter get married. The doctors go tell the woman and her husband that there is a perfect match but the parents are trying to decide whether or not to go with your wishes. Your parents decide to go with your wishes and they don't give the woman your heart. The next day.... the woman's daughter is turning 5, mid way through the celebration in the hospital room she goes into cardiac arrest and dies because her heart was not strong enough... she will never see her daughter graduate high school or college, she will never see her daughter be married, she will never see her grandchildren. Why would you be a person that just because you were dead you would not give another the chance to live and see her family again and make a child grow without a parent.

posted on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 10:05am
girl's picture
girl says:

it's not pointless think of how u would feel about it if ur mom or dad had a heart problem and was able to be donated a heart from somebody who had donated their organs

posted on Sat, 09/20/2008 - 7:51pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

so would I Joe. To save somebody elses life. jordan

posted on Wed, 12/28/2005 - 7:30pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yes\r\n

posted on Wed, 12/28/2005 - 7:31pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

hell no. i dont want to see my body being torn apart. yeah its tight for science but ick it just seems to morbid. i want to be in peace after i die not torn up.

posted on Sun, 06/18/2006 - 5:31pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Oh please... if u have to have an operation, ur body of course will be cut open.. but not torn apart into two pieces. those doctors would nice sew u back to what u look like before... and that is the same goes to a dead body... Do you think they would just torn you body and leave it like that.. i think not. thy are grateful to you for donating your organs to save people's life.. of course they will sew you back.. after all it is a respect to the dead, isnt it? Isnt this amazing? Saving people's life when you're dead.. remember doctors cant save them without ur help....

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 3:50pm
S Mohan.'s picture
S Mohan. says:

I would like to donate my body parts after I die and like to display my 'Skeleton' in a science laboratory of any well maintained school for students' learning. Can any one suggest me where I have to contact for this in the city Chennai, South India?

posted on Sat, 08/04/2007 - 10:06am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

where did you find any info on how to donate?

posted on Wed, 08/29/2007 - 3:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Yes. I want to leave my body to science after I die and hope that it will be useful for the study of medicines which might help to save lives in the future. But I do not know how to prepare a will for this are there any guidelines?

posted on Wed, 01/09/2008 - 11:34am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I was just going to let you know that my mother has terminal brain cancer and is about to go any time now...Anyway, she wanted to donate her body to science so that maybe her cancer could be studied and maybe prevent others from getting it. Well, I looked into it and if you donate your body to science, you don't get to choose what they do with it. They use them for automobile crash tests, body armor testing, surgery testing for students, removal of the head for brain surgery students, and many other unimaginable things. Just google it, I researched it for days and all of them said the same thing. You don't get a say so what your body goes for. Oh yeah, and they will use your body, depending on what test they use it for for about 2 to 3 years and then they'll cremate (for free) the remains and send them to your family if they so wish. So yeah, you are helping with testing and all that, but it's not exactly what MY mom had in mind when she had that idea. Don't mean to discourage you, just letting you know the facts before you "sign up". Have a nice day and sorry for being so morbid!!

posted on Wed, 04/02/2008 - 11:57pm
Diane's picture
Diane says:

I want to sell my body to science before I die.Does anyone know how to do this?

posted on Fri, 07/11/2008 - 2:51am
girl's picture
girl says:

Why would you let them use your organs??? In my opion i think that that would not be a good idea because them if you had a family where would your family visit you cause you would'nt have a grave. I do respect your desision but you should think twice before you donate your organs

posted on Sat, 09/13/2008 - 12:42pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

You can still have a gravesite if you choose to donate your organs. Your family gets your body back, to honor according to your/their wishes.

posted on Mon, 09/15/2008 - 9:38am
ISABIRYE ALEX's picture

Yes I would donate my body because I feel it will assist in a lot of medical reaearch.Realy, I have no objection to the whole issue.

posted on Sat, 10/18/2008 - 12:07am
punki's picture
punki says:

I would donate my organs but i would want to make sure tht i am "gone" befor they take em' out. haha but in all, yes i would give my organs to someone in need because i will have had my lifetime and someone else should have a chance for a lifetime too.

posted on Wed, 10/15/2008 - 6:04pm
Florence's picture
Florence says:

Have already contacted the University and they are willing to accept my body. Did this about 15 years ago. Am not sure what criteria they require after you are dead - i.e. If you have an autopsy will they still accept you

posted on Fri, 12/05/2008 - 10:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

you cant donate organs and then your body. they are two different processes. after you donate any organs you body cannot be donated for science. the cornea's is the only exception.

posted on Tue, 02/24/2009 - 12:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i want to its nogood to me when i have gone i could help somebody its the only way they can find ways to.fix people.it would be nice to no i would be helping scince

posted on Tue, 10/13/2009 - 7:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

do you now a way to give your body to science and get mony for it

posted on Mon, 09/26/2011 - 12:47am
dark side of the fraction's picture
dark side of the fraction says:

ewwwwwwww.....? what is the difference between a codon and messenger RNA?\r\n\r\n

posted on Thu, 12/22/2005 - 1:19pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Well, your question is a little off topic, but still science related. You might enjoy reading up on the genetic code that makes up our DNA and RNA. Here is the short answer to your question. A codon is a part of DNA and RNA. DNA and RNA is made up of four nucleotides which for simplicity's sake are called U,A,G, and C. Any three of these nucleotides strung together makes up a codon. For example, UAG, GCA, AGC, GCU, are all codons. Hope that helps.

While DNA studies are done in many ways, we probably know some of this information as a result of studying human tissue from donated cadavers. Just trying to bring it back on topic here ;)

posted on Wed, 12/28/2005 - 8:41am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I believe a codon is a triplet of an amino acid sequence which will code for a certain amino acid, while a messenger RNA is made up of many codons that will in the end produce a long polypeptide chain, which will become a protein when it is released from the ribosome.

posted on Wed, 12/28/2005 - 10:55am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

I would.\r\n\r\nBut I actually think that the final decision should be left up to the loved ones who survive me.

posted on Thu, 12/22/2005 - 1:47pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i would liike for my body to be donated to science after i die if it would help discover new medicines or answer medical questions. since i am too squeamish to like doctors while i am alive, there is no reason why i cant like doctors when i am dead, and cant feel anything anyway.

posted on Tue, 12/27/2005 - 2:58pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

No, I will not give my body to medical purposes. It just doesn't seem right for me, but for other ppl it could b ok.

posted on Wed, 12/28/2005 - 8:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

sure! why not? i won't need it anymore and it may as well do some good (or be of some interest) after i am done with it.

posted on Thu, 12/29/2005 - 3:32pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

why should i donate my body to science, because what if people miss me and want to see my grave to visit me.

from, anonymous

posted on Thu, 12/29/2005 - 4:17pm
natasha rene'e's picture
natasha rene'e says:

can't they still get you a nice plot and headstone so as to have a place to visit you? i mean after all you're not really there in either case.

posted on Sat, 02/25/2006 - 7:49pm
Rachel ^_^'s picture
Rachel ^_^ says:

Seriously, though. When you're dead, you're dead. It doesn't really matter!

posted on Fri, 07/14/2006 - 12:14pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

you can still have an open casket. no one needs to see your inner organs! and then your buried so they can't see your body anyway.

posted on Tue, 12/19/2006 - 3:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

then make sure u have a nice head stone , it's not they will dig u up and hug u or something , they will just visit the grave ... dont be selfish

posted on Fri, 06/01/2007 - 6:45pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Imagine what science could do for others with the help of your body!

posted on Sat, 10/18/2008 - 12:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I'd donate my organs but the thought of me being examinded like a frog in a 9th grade science class dosn't appeal to me very much.

posted on Mon, 01/02/2006 - 3:50pm
ann's picture
ann says:

I would donate organs but not my entire body.

posted on Thu, 01/05/2006 - 11:54am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Why do you think you would be squeamish about being examined and studied AFTER you are dead? Why is this such a problem for people? **NEWS FLASH** You're dead, nothing matters to you any longer.

posted on Tue, 07/25/2006 - 3:36pm
Michelle c Hayden!'s picture
Michelle c Hayden! says:

THIS IS FOR ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO THINK BEFORE DONATING!!!

I believe that when I have took my last breath and have died by body should be used to "HELP" those who are "STILL" alive and gasping for there last breath "TRYING" to stay alive. What would you do if a family member became ill and no one was there to help give an Organ to them to let them stay with you? You would have wished there were thoughtful people like "US" wanting to give our bodies to science for organ donation, cadaver research ect. When I'm gone they can have my eyes, skin, bone, blood, hair, anything they need and can practice operating on the rest of me..would you want a doctor operating on you if he/she had only operated on a pig carcass in medical school? Think about it people I'm sure God will see the greater good.-self sacrifice- thanks Michelle Hayden-

posted on Tue, 05/27/2008 - 9:01pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Why not your entire body?

posted on Thu, 01/05/2006 - 7:25pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Ewwww! I dont want anyone touching my body after im dead!

posted on Fri, 01/06/2006 - 1:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Why u say that anyway???\r\n

posted on Sat, 01/07/2006 - 1:53pm
Amy N.'s picture
Amy N. says:

dude, seriously, u wont, like feel it or anything!
I think it would be ok, if people tear apart my body for scince
i'll be dead, i wont feel it!!!!!!!!!

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 3:22pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

ok,thats pretty special!

posted on Sat, 01/07/2006 - 1:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

of course!!!!! why wo uldnt i donate after i dont need my organs anymore and others do...when i have the chance to help..i soooooooo will

posted on Sun, 01/08/2006 - 1:52pm
Corrie's picture
Corrie says:

As I see it my body is my spirit/soul's host. So why not donate my body to science.

posted on Sun, 01/15/2006 - 12:24pm
Lou's picture
Lou says:

I researched this topic and I found that when you "donate your body to science" your body would probably be used as a practice dummy for young doctors to practice on. I seriously considered giving my body parts to science and I would if scientists used it for a good cause then I would donate my body however I feel that "practicing" is not a good enough cause!

posted on Mon, 01/16/2006 - 4:17am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Try thinking of all the doctors that treat you now...where do you think they learned it? "Practicing" is about as important as it gets!

posted on Fri, 02/03/2006 - 1:07pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I agree. I feel that giving your body to science would be to donate something to the cause, perhaps cause a new vaccination to be discovered, HGH potential to be tapped, etc. For doctors just to practice on your body almost feels like you are used then thrown awy. Maybe they could try recycling parts formore than one use?

posted on Mon, 01/16/2006 - 10:46am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

There is no substitute for practice, and practice on human bodies. Would you want to be operated on by a surgeon who had never had this kind of look at your organs and structures and who didn't have the "feel" of a human body?

That said, bodies aren't easy to come by, and medical schools use them carefully. Usually a team of anatomy students is assigned to a single cadaver, and they carefully dissect it, bit by bit, over the course of the class. They extract every bit of practice they can, using parts of bodies as many times as possible. And many doctors describe being profoundly grateful to "their" cadavers and the families who donated them.

But donating your body for anatomy lessons and surgical practice isn't the only possibility. Human bodies are also used to study, for example, the effects of various restraints and airbags during automobile crashes, or the protection offered by military equipment (boots, vests, helmets) to soldiers confronted by mines, improvised explosive devises, or ballistics. Researchers get all the data they can from crash test dummies wearing accelerometers and impact recorders, and from ballistic gelatin, but, in the end, human bodies are the gold standard for studying what happens to human bodies.

I think that Bryan has already suggested it, but I highly recommend the book "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers," by Mary Roach. She describes the many uses of human cadavers and how they advance our knowledge. It's a surprisingly entertaining read.

One more thing: you don't have to donate your body to science after you're dead if you want to participate in vaccine research. They need LIVE volunteers for those kinds of clinical studies. Here's a list of vaccine trials going on right now that are looking for volunteers.

posted on Mon, 01/16/2006 - 12:38pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

"Rapid autopsy," where diseased organs are removed from a patient immediately after death and rushed to scientists for study, is an example of how organ/body donation is helping to fight disease and improve the lives of those still living. The procedure is helping scientists learn about pancreatic cancer (one of the most lethal cancers), Alzheimer's disease, and other conditions.

posted on Tue, 06/20/2006 - 9:10am
JEN_WTF's picture
JEN_WTF says:

The donation of human bodies is veyr important to the medical feild. Experiments on a human body are far more reliable than an animal.\r\n

posted on Wed, 01/25/2006 - 9:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I find it comforting to know that my organs could help save somebody's life after I'm gone.\r\n

posted on Tue, 01/31/2006 - 7:49pm
swapna's picture
swapna says:

I would be grateful and delighted to donate my body knowing even after death my remains have helped someone, anyone. We need publicity on doing this easily. It would be great if a hospital takes it resulting in saving on funeral costs. Nice if those costs too get donated for the poor somewhere, anywhere. Once the spirit is gone, this is just shell, a vehicle. Let someone, anyone use it.The recipient could be an organ recipient or just a student. Immaterial!
Absolutely essential and sensible that body donation becomes routine. How can you even consider not being a body donor? You can still have a graveyard if your relatives choose, a place to remember you. Also the dead should gracefully yield the earth's land to the living and not be greedy even after death!

posted on Tue, 01/31/2006 - 10:09pm
Jackie's picture
Jackie says:

Yes, if someone cane use parts of me after I am gone I would be happy to let someone else see with my eyes, have a heart beat with my heart, or continue to live a better life because of my body.

posted on Wed, 02/01/2006 - 4:01pm
Milton's picture
Milton says:

If my organs can help others to live a healthy life so why not?

posted on Wed, 03/16/2011 - 5:52am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

my mom has a genetic brain disease and wants to donate her body to science, but it seems like this is easier said than done. the only info we have found is from harvard. any ideas where we can get more info about this topic? maybe more people would do it if it were more accessible. thanks!

posted on Fri, 02/03/2006 - 10:18pm
DawnRoss's picture
DawnRoss says:

Or www.anatomygifts.org would also work. Fantastic national program - I've been there for ten years going strong and have nothing but good things to say about it.

By the way -Liza - your posts are very informative and among my favorites! Thanks and please do look up Anatomy Gifts Registry! BODY DONATION WITH IMMEDIATE, FREE CREMATION (you can't beat free, right?)

posted on Wed, 07/25/2007 - 7:13am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yes i would. Make sure it is on your drivers' license.

posted on Sat, 02/04/2006 - 2:48pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

There is a place on your driver's license to indicate that you want to be an organ donor. But you also need to tell your family what your wishes are, because hospitals will honor the request of your family over whatever your driver's license says. Being an organ donor is really important. And, ironically, many donor organs go to people who haven't signed up to be organ donors themselves.

However, donating your body to science is different that donating your organs. Donated bodies are not only used for gross anatomy classes and surgical practice, but also for forensic research, car crash impact testing, and to evaluate protective gear for soldiers and policemen.

During the run of the Body Worlds exhibit, we'll have someone from the University of Minnesota's body donation program available to answer questions about how you can donate your body to science.

In the exhibit, you can sign up to have your body plastinated and displayed like the ones in the show.

posted on Sun, 02/05/2006 - 2:45pm
Avinda's picture
Avinda says:

i would never ever hesitate to donate my body organs if they are really useful enough to make another person live!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Sat, 02/04/2006 - 10:50pm
jackie's picture
jackie says:

i want to donate my body ,,if anyone knows how i do this please e_mail me .Thankyou

posted on Mon, 02/06/2006 - 8:27am
Luc's picture
Luc says:

My body belongs to the earth. I was created from the same elements that created the earth. I want my body to go to something, whether it be a body farm or a medical school. I want my death to be natural and not in any way religious.

posted on Mon, 02/06/2006 - 2:15pm
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Sanskar Marathe says:

I always wished to donated my body and all my body parts which can be used in some way or other for some purpose. By donating by body organs i can make sure that i not only when was alive,but even after my death be useful to mankind and somebody who is in need of. This is the best way to live long even after your are dead.

posted on Sat, 02/11/2006 - 5:23am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think (even though I'd be dead) it would be cool to have my bod donated

posted on Sun, 02/12/2006 - 4:17pm
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Chelsie says:

yes because i won't need it after i am dead

posted on Wed, 02/15/2006 - 10:14am
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jonie bean says:

yes i would do to so many different new ways of the world and the way they do damage to the human being. a matter of fact i just donated myself to the the body farm. i have had two family members die due to someones eles's hands. and there is still no clues or evidence of who has done this to them; plus you must have a body to be able to find out how and why they died.

posted on Sat, 02/18/2006 - 7:25pm
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justina duncan says:

i would like to donate my body to medical science because if it will help teach medical students or help forensic people to work out how someone died then thats a good thing.i wont need my body anymore so why not put it to good use

posted on Thu, 02/23/2006 - 1:02pm
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natasha rene'e says:

i am donating my body to science simply because there is no other use for it. what else is it going to do? besides that, funerals are a total waste of time and money. what's the point of it all? just sit around crying over a dead body...to me that's just creepy. when i die, anything that can't be transplanted is going to UT Medical School.

posted on Sat, 02/25/2006 - 7:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Yes, I would.
My mother and father did and it is something I would like to do, if my organs could be helpful to others.

posted on Sun, 02/26/2006 - 9:20am
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Liza says:

Being an organ donor is a little bit different than leaving your body to science. Sometimes the two are mutually exclusive, but you can do both in some cases.

You can only be an organ donor under a specific, narrow set of circumstances. According to the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation,

"In general, organ donors must be brain dead, which is defined as the complete cessation of all functions of the brain. In these very limited cases (approximately 20,000 per year), organ donation occurs when mechanical support (i.e., ventilators) can continue the viability of the organs for a short period of time after the death of the patient. Organs (heart, liver, kidney, etc.) must be carefully matched to waiting recipients. Matching is done according to factors such as blood type, medical status of the recipient and size of the waiting recipient. Tissue donation may occur from patients who are either brain dead, or who have suffered cardiac death, the cessation of the heart. Consequently, there are many more potential tissue donors than organ donors. Tissue recipients do not have to be matched to their donors, as rejection is not generally a concern."

90,000 people are waiting for donated organs. Each day, 74 people receive one, and another 18 people die waiting. The US Department of Health and Human Services runs a website with the myths and facts about organ donation, information on how to become an organ donor in your state, and other resources.

(Why should minorities be particularly concerned about organ donation?)

Whole body donation is handled differently than organ/tissue donation for transplantation. The arrangements are made through individual medical schools, research facilities, and other agencies. Here's a list of medical facility body donation programs in the US. And here's information about leaving your body to the Forensic Anthropology Center ("The Body Farm") at the University of Tennessee (where, incidentally, being an organ donor does not prevent donation of your body).

posted on Fri, 03/10/2006 - 11:01am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that donating your organs is a very important decision, not only to you but your family. Who wants to see thier childs organs ripped out of them?

posted on Tue, 03/07/2006 - 4:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think it is important to donate both body and organs. As I do not believe in embalming,(which to me is humiliating) or cremation. Plus the idea of being put in a box and having my corpse dressed up for family and friends to pass by and cry over is ridiculous. And I would like more information on how to go about donating my body after I die.

posted on Tue, 05/30/2006 - 10:57am
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Liza says:

The Science Buzz BODY WORLDS feature has lots of information about how to sign up to be an organ and/or body donor.

posted on Tue, 05/30/2006 - 11:22am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

in order to preserve your body for study by medical people, it is embalmed so it will be preserved and not start decaying before they are finished learning from your body.

posted on Fri, 07/29/2011 - 2:09am
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Alta says:

To anyone that says no I ask this: What if your child or grandchild can't get a transplant needed for them to live? Look at them, then decide. DONATE, there is NO reason not to.

posted on Fri, 03/10/2006 - 7:51am
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david bailey says:

i would deffenatly like to donate my body to help another

posted on Sat, 03/11/2006 - 4:07pm
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david bailey says:

yes for sure to help someone else

posted on Sat, 03/11/2006 - 4:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I linda would like to make sure my body is left for science to help Dr surgens and all that will learn iv had my life and my soul will be gone after I take my last breath I won't my children to remember me as iv pop into the next pleace im death and wish my wishes to help ENY one in a life after mine linda c butler

posted on Thu, 05/14/2015 - 6:48am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

There is absolutely no reason logical reason not to.

posted on Thu, 03/16/2006 - 9:25am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yeah, my organs but not my whole, body,the organs can be used. the rest i am keeping for myself

posted on Thu, 03/16/2006 - 3:54pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

What else would I use my body for? After I'm dead I have no need for it.\r\n

posted on Fri, 03/17/2006 - 7:26pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yes i agree to donate my organs when i die but when you die you can only donate your rogans if you are brain dead so what are the chances of that happening

posted on Sat, 03/18/2006 - 7:55pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I am 16 years old. and I have come to realize that I would like to donate my organs to science and for transplants. Its exactly what most of you said "When I die, i'm not using them anymore, so why not let someone else?" I like the feeling of knowing that maybe when I die and im dead I could still save a life. I woudl just like to know as to what they do with the bodies after There used. if anyone knows could you please e-mail me at

[email protected]
Subject: Organ Donor information

Thank you soo much.
Danielle

posted on Wed, 03/22/2006 - 9:56am
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Liza says:

Danielle,

It's generous of you to consider donating your organs. You should talk to your family and make sure they know your wishes. (It's especially important that YOU do this, since you're under 18 and your parents will have to make the decision for you if you're in a tragic accident or something.)

Here is information about how to do it. And if you scroll down to the part about "Anatomical Bequests at the University of Minnesota," you'll find a description of how at least one body donation program deals with donors' remains after they have been used for research or education.

Or maybe you're just wondering how hospitals deal with donors' bodies after organs are removed? Organ donation is a fast process: every minute counts for health of the organs and the people the organs are being transplanted into. After organ removal, a donor's body is closed up and can be treated like any other body according to the family's wishes. Immediate burial, embalming, or cremation are all possible.

posted on Tue, 05/30/2006 - 11:32am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

because i think why let your body rot in the ground when you can recycle it.

posted on Tue, 04/04/2006 - 12:10pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I am Bipolar and I would donate my brain to science because I struggle all the time and I want to be able to help other people that are Bipolar.

posted on Wed, 03/29/2006 - 8:07am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Bipolar-
but what about your body?

posted on Tue, 06/20/2006 - 12:24pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yes i would donate my organs. What is the point of me taking them with me when i die. I would rather donate my organs to some one who needs them i would rather help save a life.

posted on Tue, 04/04/2006 - 1:21pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I heard that the army gets excess bodies and uses them to test land mines. That is not what I had in mind when Iwas considering donating. I have cancelled my order to donate my body.

posted on Mon, 05/08/2006 - 6:46am
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Liza says:

There are very few "excess" bodies.

The vast majority go to medical schools and surgical conferences so doctors can learn anatomy and practice their skills.

A very, very small number of bodies, through certain programs only, are used to test protective equipment, such as the boots worn by mine sappers, or bulletproof vests. And most donation programs will let you opt out of such research programs.

In the case of the boots study, researchers used 20 donated human bodies to see if they could offer soldiers more protection than the standard-issue boot. (Some footwear is actually more dangerous than wearing sandals or going barefoot, since IF a mine exploded, shrapnel from the shoe itself could be driven into the foot, creating more damage and causing infection.)

The research group would have used surrogate "dummy legs" instead of cadavers, but they weren't available. (Researchers are trying to create the equivalent of the automotive industry's crash test dummies so that cadavers won't be necessary. Some are in the works now, and one--the "Frangible Surrogate Leg"--has been tested in Australia.) But test results on surrogates might not match up to damage experienced by humans. When the boot researchers compared data from the "Frangible Surrogate Leg" and actual human legs, for example, the bone fracture patterns didn't quite match.

That said, surrogates are preferable, not only because most of us are kind of uncomfortable with this kind of use for donated bodies. Surrogates are uniform, and human bodies are anything but.

From Mary Roach's book Stiff (pp 150-152):

"LEAP [the boot study]...turned out to be a valuable study. The sandal myth was mildly vindicated (the injuries were about as severe as they were with a combat boot), and one boot--MedEng's Spider Boot--showed itself to be a solid improvement over standard footwear (although a larger sample is needed to be sure). [The project leader] considers the project a success, because with land mines, even a small gain in protection can mean a huge difference in a victim's medical outcome. 'If I can save a foot or keep an amputation below the knee,' he says, 'that's a win.'
It's an unfortunate given of human trauma research that the things most likely to accidentally maim or kill people--things we most need to study and understand--are also the things most likely to mutilate research cadavers: car crashes, gunshots, explosions, sporting accidents. ...'In order to protect against a threat, whether it is automotive or a bomb,' observes [Aris Markis, who works for Med-Eng Systems, which makes protective gear], 'you have to put the human to its limits. You've got to get destructive.'"

posted on Thu, 07/27/2006 - 12:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

maybe, because i no it would be in good hands. but i dont no if i would want to be put in plastic!! that would be weird having someones u no dead in a museum!

posted on Tue, 05/30/2006 - 1:02pm
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Rich says:

I would like to donate my body to a school that does medical research. I want to know how to handle this now so that matters can be handled immediately upon my passing.

I carry a unique genetic disorder called Cre-du-Chat and 3 of my 4 children are affected by it. If by donating my body to science researchers could learn anything about this condition or for that matter any other condition, I would be grateful. Please advise me how to make these arrangements. I live in Florida, an 47 and in fairly good health.

posted on Tue, 06/20/2006 - 11:38am
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Liza says:

I think it's a noble impulse.

I thought that Cri-du-Chat was just a horrible fluke caused by a piece of chromosome 5 that goes missing during development of sperm or egg. (So there'd really be nothing to test the parents for.) But I just learned that some cases, as you say, are caused by a parent carrying a rearrangement of that chromosome.

Because no one understands the exact cause of the genetic disorder, it can't be prevented.

(Wondering what Cri-du-Chat syndrome is?)

When I was at the hospital, recovering from the birth of my younger daughter, a baby with Cri-du-Chat was born next door. Her mother seemed so happy (after all, the baby was a beautiful little thing), and so sad (uncertain about her potential and future). The baby's cry was VERY distinctive.

But back to your question: Science Buzz is currently featuring resources and discussions related to the BODY WORLDS exhibit. We've included information on body/organ/tissue donation, and a list of donation programs in the United States.

There are at least two programs in your area: the University of Florida College of Medicine's Health Science Center (home of the Anatomical Board of the State of Florida), and the University of Miami School of Medicine's Department of Anatomy. Bequests and requests for information are handled through the Anatomical Board; just click on the link.

posted on Tue, 06/20/2006 - 1:48pm
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DawnRoss says:

www.anatomicgift.com handles all of the east coast including Florida.

posted on Wed, 07/25/2007 - 7:15am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think I would donate my body for people to learn from.

posted on Tue, 06/20/2006 - 12:21pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Yes I would be a donor for anyone that would like to learn about what it is like to live with chorn's and adhd.

posted on Tue, 06/20/2006 - 12:27pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I would want a medical break through for my illness so, I would leave my body to find a cure. Can't do it on a rat so why not me?

posted on Wed, 06/21/2006 - 12:12pm
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Anonymous says:

I know that i will donate my organs. When you pass away you no longer need your body, why not donate it to an organization that could use it? Also, not only is there a shortage of organs for transplatation, but the only way that people can donate all their organs is if they die a brain death, which according to a 2004 stat. is only seventeen percent of the population. In a cardiac death you can only donate your tissues and cornea and in rare cases a kidney or liver. I think that it should be a requirement to donate. No offense, but deceased people have had their chance to live, and if they have the ability to save a life then they should.

posted on Wed, 06/28/2006 - 8:13am
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Anonymous says:

yes i would if it would help others and besides you would just be in the ground otherwise

posted on Wed, 07/05/2006 - 5:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I am a soon to be medical student, and I believe donating your body to science is an amazing thing to do, because it is just one more way to help. The medical field is growing and accomplishing things never before possible, and i think we need more people in this world of ours who are unselfish enough to give themselves to the helping of others even after death. How can you not think of your impact on the world? How can somone say thay would not donate their body because they don't want to be "cut up like a frog"? I actually find that more comforting than my body laying in the ground rotting away to nothing when it has the potential to help save lives!!!
My only concern is that we have no say on the type of research our bodies are used for (that is also due to scarcity!) I am a religious person, and I would not like my remains to be used to research cloning! If anyone has any helpful info, please share.
~ [email protected]

posted on Fri, 07/14/2006 - 11:17am
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Anonymous says:

You're correct, people should have the choice to donate their bodies to science. It can contribute immensely to the devolopement of modern medicine. I completely support your opinion. But, skinned cadavers playing chess just plain crosses the line. don't you think?! How can modern medicine benifit from that??

posted on Fri, 07/14/2006 - 11:46am
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Rachel ^_^ says:

I would! Definitely
If I could help people learn more about the body, then why not!

posted on Fri, 07/14/2006 - 12:07pm
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Friend says:

I have thought about plastination and donating my body to science after death, but watching a show just recently on plastination made me sick to the stomache so that is out. Science has always found a way to progress, the thought of my body exposed to lots of people and then cut to tiny little pieces my body a chuck of meat only to be throw to the dogs NO WAY and yeah I might be dead but on their table your nothing...

posted on Tue, 07/25/2006 - 8:58am
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Liza says:

Respect for the donors is something that every good body donation program emphasizes. Your body will never, in any way, be "a chunk of meat only to be thrown to the dogs."

Some anatomy programs actually return donors' remains to the families. Others cremate them, but have a ceremony every year where the cremated remains are buried, the anatomy students come to pay their respects, and families are invited to come say goodbye one last time AND to hear about what the anatomy experience has meant to these future doctors.

Every doctor I've ever heard speak on this topic has expressed only gratitude for the donors who made their education possible.

posted on Wed, 01/24/2007 - 9:42am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

no its juss to discusting im sorry i wouldnt

posted on Thu, 07/27/2006 - 12:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think its great to donate your body to science

posted on Thu, 07/27/2006 - 1:46pm
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Peter H says:

I AM SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING DONATING MY REMAINS, BUT CANNOT FIND ANY INFORMATION ON THE CORRECT PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

posted on Sun, 08/20/2006 - 12:20pm
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Anonymous says:

Yes, If my family approves, I am considering donating my body to science. I don't want my family to see me in a casket nor do I want them to purchase one. My daughter wants to become a doctor and she will need bodies to dissect. Why not. Being a doctor requires some hands-on training.

posted on Thu, 09/21/2006 - 12:15pm
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Brandi says:

I would donate my body because I would like to help make a difference in the human race. I think the more subjects there are to be studied the more cures to illnesses can be found. I would like to help save lives in my death if not in my life.

posted on Tue, 12/12/2006 - 12:06am
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Anonymous says:

donating your body.. freakin' bogus. organs, sure.. they can use those to help people live and all that.. but your body? i mean, really.. who honestly likes the idea of being poked and proded after death? even if you're not using it.. or knowing what's going on THEN.. it's a mind thing. like, while you're still alive.. the thought of that sickens me.

but, whatever. do what you please.

i intend to stay donation-free.

take it easy, kids.

posted on Tue, 12/19/2006 - 9:02am
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Anonymous says:

I agree I think you should definetly donate you could save an innocent life.

posted on Tue, 12/19/2006 - 9:04am
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Tess says:

I would because I think science is important. and i hope i could help

posted on Tue, 12/19/2006 - 5:19pm
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Anonymous says:

I think if the general public knew what went on to prep a body for donation to science a lot of people would sing a different tune. Also the bodies can be kept in storage facilities for YEARS before being used.

A lot of people go into this blind.

posted on Wed, 01/24/2007 - 6:56am
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Liza says:

Any reputable donation program, such as the Anatomy Bequest Program at the University of Minnesota, will be up-front with potential donors about those issues.

There's no reason to go into it blind. And an ethical program shouldn't LET people go into it blind. This is a responsibility that Dave Lee, Director of the U's program, takes very seriously. (We featured him as an "expert on the spot" when BODY WORLDS was here. Read what he had to say.)

posted on Wed, 01/24/2007 - 9:37am
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victor garcia says:

i would like to donate my body to science after my death because i'm dying from brain cancer and i'm only 25 years old i want my body to be use for research to help science.my family don't want my body to be donated to science because they said that i will be naked on a slab were people will see me like that but i told them that i dont care and i want to be cut up for research after i die.

posted on Mon, 01/29/2007 - 5:25pm
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John Ellis Francis says:

I would like to say that a body should be donated to medical science for educational purposes and learning, as long as it's not for public viewing.

As long as it's not been publicly shown, like on channel 4, showing a professor cutting up deceased peoples bodies. Donation of organs is a wonderful thing, if you knew you were donating a kidney to a child, restoring somebody's sight etc then that should not even be debated.

I totally admire Victor garcia - who is dying of brain cancer, i understand your stance yuor feeelings as that is your perogative. God bless you mate, and i wsh you my best thoughts - take care!

posted on Wed, 02/28/2007 - 5:00am
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Anonymous says:

i disagree because maybe some feel that way while others dont maybe they'd lik to donate it to prevent cancer to happen again and hav new treatments and sergury but also thats there body they died not cause of ther fault cuz it was ther time and if you just use it as a study then ur not respectin them and ur not respectin there spirit and soul!

posted on Fri, 11/23/2007 - 8:38pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Absolutely. Whatever can be used to help someone in need or to further research. Additionally, if my family did not have to pay to have me cremated, it would be a win-win situation.

posted on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 10:40am
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Maggi Coleman says:

i don't know right now. I guess i never really thought about it. It would be really wierd though.

posted on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 11:55am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

dead is dead. the body wil rot and that is that. how much better to put the old used up bod to good use that will benefit others by training future drs.

posted on Sat, 03/24/2007 - 6:16pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i do not agree with you

posted on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 4:16pm
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Ashes says:

give away what we do not need. DONT BE GREEDY DEAD PEOPLE!!!!

posted on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 1:01pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

well,
I think this is a very confusing topic so I will let someone else figure it out!

posted on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 8:11pm
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aunt agony says:

Very Good! We can benefit other people!Our death wouldn't be meaningless then.Everyone should be encouraged to do that!

posted on Fri, 03/30/2007 - 7:29pm
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P-Dog says:

most likely, but it really wouldn't matter to me because i wouldn't care since i am dead

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 10:16am
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big matt says:

I really wouldnt beacause i hate needles

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 10:17am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I would but yet you know the saying rest in peace I propaly wouldn't rest in peace so I don't know unless you can prove me wrong goodbye.

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 10:32am
goof's picture
goof says:

theres no point its just goofey

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 11:19am
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tori.j says:

of course i would donate my body after death i mean i an't gona use it.

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 1:35pm
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Jenny says:

Maybe.

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 3:36pm
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Vidyanathan says:

Kindly send me the rules or the place where they accept the donation of dead body in Chennai.

posted on Fri, 04/06/2007 - 11:15pm
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santosh kumar says:

Please tell me what I donate my body after my death. Please tell if it is possible then tell me their web address.
I registered to donate my body after death.

posted on Fri, 04/13/2007 - 10:04pm
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CJ says:

I have a chronic illness - type 1 diabetes - as well as other autoimmune illnesses in the family, on both sides. I've had it for over 27 years now and I can't remember a time when I wasn't stabbing myself with needles every day, when I felt 'normal'. I hold out little hope for a cure in my lifetime, due to the greed of pharmaceutical companies - diabetes is a money-making disease, with thousands of companies with a vested interest in KEEPING sufferers as diabetics, rather than investing in a cure. I also hold out little hope for stem cell therapy in its current state - the man who discovered insulin gave the teatment away for free, saying that it needed to be shared with the world. I see little of this altruism in pharmaceutical companies and researchers today. However...

I am planning on donating my body to the Colorado University Health Sciences System for the specific purpose of diabetes research, in the hopes that the university system still gives a damn about helping those that suffer form Type 1. What better way to examine what a disease does to the body than to show students what kind devastation an autoimmune disease can do by dissecting and examing the body of someone that suffered from it? What better way to motivate future doctors to help us find a cure for a nightmare that strikes children and teenagers, takes a majority of those people's dreams and ambitions and trashes them and makes them slaves (medically, financially and literally) to the needle or the insulin pump? I want to show these med students what a pancreas ravaged by an immune system gone awry looks like. I want to show them what a brain exposed to hypoglycemia on a repeated basis looks like. I want to show them what a heart and a set of kidneys hardened and made useless (as mine may eventually be, despite my best efforts at glucose control) by Type 1 diabetes look like. They need to see, ironically, what intensive insulin therapy does to the veins and arteries and the extra fat that gets laid down by repeated injections into the subcutaneous layer beneath the skin, leaving you lumpy and ashamed of being seen in shorts or without long sleeves. I want them to see the tips of my fingers that are nothing but scar tissue marred by pinpricks in order to get blood to measure my glucose nine times a day. I want them to see the bruises formed after each injection of Lantus into my hips and each shot of Humalog into my stomach.

Diabetes is unique in that it's a disease that non-sufferers feel they can blame you personally for; people who know very little about it feel free to sit in judgement about ever morsel you put in your mouth, ever blood test score, every complication you develop. If your condition worsens, people assume you weren't being a 'good diabetic' and blame you, rather than the diabetes. It's why some of us end up as shut-ins, obsessively testing our blood sugar, over and over. Others, especially teenaged girls, end up with eating disorders because of the focus Type 1 diabetics have to have on what we eat, how we eat it and the math we have to do to figure out our insulin dosages with every meal. If, by donating my body, I can at least help STOP this kind of 'blame the diabetic' thinking from taking root in another potential endocrinologist, then I will have at least helped their future patients feel less like utter failures at coping with their illness.

I want whatever researcher gets my sorry carcass to put it through every kind of test imaginable in order to find the root cause of this disease. If they have to dissolve parts of me to get down to the DNA, to the cruddy genes I inherited, so be it. If I can be a part of finding a cure for this condition wiht the only tangible asset I have, if donating my body will someday help stop children from having to suffer like I did, then tell me, where do I sign?

posted on Thu, 04/19/2007 - 10:50pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I know that it is probably good for science and stuff, but i still say EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWW.... i woul dalso have to agree with the person who said the stuff about heaven.... yah... soooooo........... they can clone stuff now, use that... not me. i just don't think that donating organs and or body parts is something i wanna do

posted on Fri, 04/20/2007 - 11:45am
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Liza says:

Well, a clone would be genetically identical to you, but would be autonomous, have its own personality, and feel all the same emotions and sensations that any other person would. Would it be ethical use clones for anatomy classes and medical research, etc., if you wouldn't be willing to participate yourself?

Also, cloning is an infant science right now. Cloned animals like Dolly the Sheep seem to have shortened lifespans and perhaps other ailments. Clones might not be suitable for pharmaceutical or disease progression research, since it could conceivably be difficult to tell what's caused by the substance being tested and what's a byproduct of the cloning process itself. (That might change, in time, but it would be a worry now.)

posted on Fri, 04/20/2007 - 12:30pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

someone made the commnet that the way they came to this world is the way they should leave, but did you know that when you first came into this world your heart didnt start beating until twenty one days after you were conceived?

posted on Thu, 04/26/2007 - 3:28pm
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Mrs. Mason says:

Of course I would donate my body to science so that people can learn from the things that they uncover by using my body. There is no reason that I souldn't after I am dead it is just a empty shell that I used it is not like my spirit stays with the body.

posted on Wed, 05/09/2007 - 11:09am
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Barb says:

I am a college student and I am signing the papers tomorrow to donate my body to this university, after my organs have been harvested for transplants. They have a wonderful medical school and their first and foremost rule is respect for the donated body. Being anything other than respectful will not be tolerated. As for my body in heaven...I'll have a new spiritual one that never ages so Med Ed is more than welcome to this one. When I'm done with it of course.

posted on Tue, 05/15/2007 - 8:03pm
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Kathleen in FL says:

Recently, my godmother passed. Her body, as was my uncles 5 years ago, was donated to the Human Gifts Registry of PA. Both their bodies, have and will make it possible for studying doctors at the University of Pittsburgh to further their understanding of the human anatomy. This month, I attended a "Remembrance Celebration" where 75 donors were commemorated for their wonderful gift. The young doctors-to-be who had attended truly were grateul and respectful of each and every donor and their family. After returning home to Florida, I too decided to make a body donation in the hopes, in my death, I may bring knowledge to a doctor that one day may benefit many others. A legacy I can leave here when I am gone.

posted on Fri, 05/18/2007 - 2:38am
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you do not need to know my name says:

i would not want to give my boby away but i would give anything in my body that is need for some on eles i give other there pops if they would what to give away there body it science you would really have to love science

posted on Sat, 05/26/2007 - 1:00pm
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rand says:

I wouldn't mind donating my body for science if it comes of good use like helping scientists thinks of a new medical breakthrough. But I'd prefer having a proper funeral, where I'm burried in grave cause I like the idea that my remains are left on the earth and not chopped up into different pieces.

posted on Sun, 05/27/2007 - 3:08am
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Becky, London says:

I work in a Biomechanics lab of a Univeristy where I am surrounded by surgeons carrying out dissection and mechanical testing of human shoulders and knee. I find the thought of donating my body to science very uncomfortable - the thought of someone else manipulating my body in such a way! However the research we do is going towards developing even better replacement joints for you and me and I am very grateful to all those self-less people who have helped us.

posted on Mon, 05/28/2007 - 3:33pm
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Julie Foster says:

I love the idea of being all that I can be after I die. Thoughts of worms getting it all seems wastful. I just wish I could figure out who to contact to make my final arrangements. Anyone got a phone number? I want specifics. And I do not want my family to have to deal with my body parts after science has finished.

posted on Thu, 03/13/2008 - 10:25am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Humans should not prolong life

posted on Fri, 06/15/2007 - 8:39pm
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Colby, South Dakota says:

of course i would, its not like i need any of my body parts after im dead, 6 feet under in an oak box. If i need a new heart and some dead person had it why shouldnt i be able to have it. Why should we prolong life? Isnt it every species "goal" if you will, to stay alive as long as possible. If we shouldnt prolong life than why mate and spawn off children because thats prolonging our life as a human race. So stop with the "humans shouldnt prolong life" because that is very ignorant comment.

posted on Sat, 06/16/2007 - 11:53am
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Anonymous says:

The goal of medicine is to relieve suffering, not necessarily prolong life. Working to save or prolong the lives of the sick is against the fundamental concept of natural selection, a critical element in the evolutionary process. The issues are complex, and social morays will likely determine the course of human endeavors, though we should all be cognizant that our efforts may have long-term and untoward effects on our population.

posted on Sat, 06/16/2007 - 12:49pm
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Anonymous says:

People should not mke people live longer becuase if we have to die then we haveto die. And if we were going to prolong life it wouls probavly beacuse someone was really hert or really sick and i dont think we should make people live longer if they would be sick or if they were going to be in pain. But i do not meen to say that we should kill people who are really sick or have a really bad injurey that would couse them eternal pain. We should just live until we die without having are lif prolonged.

posted on Sat, 06/16/2007 - 12:50pm
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Foofy says:

TOTALLY!!! I love the thought of living forever!! Plus if I can help children learn science better through hands on learning, I can't stop myself!!!

posted on Sat, 06/16/2007 - 3:00pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I already have arrangements to donate my dead and useless (to me) body to the "body farm" in knoxville tenn.
this way perhaps someday, with what they learn from my corpse, will help find the murderer of an innocent person.

posted on Sat, 06/16/2007 - 9:28pm
Patrick's picture
Patrick says:

its sick dude

posted on Tue, 06/19/2007 - 8:05pm
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spongebob says:

it's really nasty, but it can save many people so i'm not sure

posted on Tue, 06/19/2007 - 8:06pm
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Who cares says:

In my opinion, we should definately donate our bodies to save the others...also because what is the point of leaving your body in the tumb or burn yourself? What does that help of you? We should donate our bodies~~~

posted on Tue, 06/19/2007 - 8:09pm
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rhian says:

i would but can u get payed for donating me body to science? x

posted on Wed, 06/27/2007 - 2:04pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I decided to donate my organs when i am ded. If will help someone i am very happy to help.i decided that i will not change my mind. becouse i am a christian i pray before making the decision and i decided that is whot i wont to do i spoke with my family and they oll aggreed. YOUR SINCERELY MRS KEARNEY

posted on Sat, 07/21/2007 - 5:41am
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madeline says:

ya i will donate my organs for other people because somebody else might need them

posted on Sat, 07/21/2007 - 6:22pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I would if it is for the good thing

posted on Sun, 07/22/2007 - 11:10am
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M.Madhan says:

Yes I agree to donate my entire body because it is very helpfull to medical science nad also reasearching etc. And also it wounded people , blind or some other problem people after our death they use to live. it is very proudable thing. so I agree to donote my body

posted on Mon, 07/30/2007 - 6:38am
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Anonymous says:

Yes, I am definately donating my body to science. Afterall, once my body dies and my soul leaves on it's journey, why spend a small fortune to put my body in the ground to rot for all eternity. I won't be needing it. Why not have my death mean something?

I've heard that cadaver skin is harvested and transplanted onto burn patients. My skin could give a person a new lease on life. And instead of rotting away, my body could help so many people lead normal lives. I'm for it 100%

posted on Thu, 08/09/2007 - 11:18pm
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cassy says:

maybe but i bont know

posted on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 10:17am
Slohan's picture
Slohan says:

I plan to donate my whole body in an effort to keep the church from profiting from my death.
There's alot of ignorance and superstition in America today, I have no wish to further it.

posted on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 5:13pm
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Ann1959 says:

Yes, I have already made plans for donating my body for medical research. If the use of my (dead) body can help doctors in their research to make life better or help find a cure for other persons who may benefit from this research, then my life will have made an even greater difference. All of us can do something; donating our body for medical research is one way to do so. I would encourage everyone to think about it and/or donate.

For those who believe, our spirit/souls are forever with Jesus; they are only closer to him physically upon our death.

posted on Sat, 08/25/2007 - 5:06pm
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amber24-7 says:

hi Ann1959. im sooooo proud of you. that is a very good idea. if I were you, I'd do the same thing. I will think about donating my body. but im only 11 and im not doing it now. i hope you write a comment back.

posted on Sun, 08/26/2007 - 11:49am
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Ella says:

I think theres some confusion here:
Donating your organs for transplant is not the same as donating your body to science!

Where organ donation is concerned then you can be pretty sure that your organs will be used to help save a life, whether thats a life worth saving is another question. I personally wouldn't want my liver to go to an alcoholic on their thrid transplant...but these things do happen!

You don't get any money for organ donation, but I have heard that body donation is different!

Donating your body to science is where you sell your body to an institution for medical testing of some sort...really you don't know what will happen to your body or whether you would agree with the things they will be testing on it...however thats what the cash is for!

I could be completely wrong with what i've just said but i think thats how it works!

As for me...i toy with both ideas sometimes but as of yet haven't signed up for anything!

posted on Wed, 08/29/2007 - 5:56am
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Sabactani says:

ok that stuff about going it heaven is all bull crap. there is no heaven no hell and no god, but i think people should donate their body, just think of all the animals you can save! if you doante your body, wile your still alive, you can have little things done to you like the shampoo in your eyes and test how hairspray gasses affect people. they do all of that to the animals! you can get tons of money and for every person who "donates" their body to that sort of thing you save at least 10 animals!. i think we should all do it either dead or alive. And yes I am a Pagan :)

posted on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 2:46pm
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Sami says:

I would love to donate my organs. they worked well for me and i hope they will give someone else a happy life! ^-^

posted on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 2:52pm
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Anonymous says:

I'm pretty sure that everyone dies for a reason... because its are time to go, rather it be a baby a middle aged person or a old person God is taking us from this earth for a reason. Therefore, God never intended for us to have surgerys or donate our bodies to be cut to shreds when we die. Although everyone has their own personal opinions, i respect that but i would never donate my body.

posted on Thu, 09/20/2007 - 9:33am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

(last comment): you're right.

posted on Thu, 09/20/2007 - 5:30pm
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chris444444444 says:

i would if someone gave me money

posted on Sun, 09/23/2007 - 3:01pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The bible says that when you die your body will be whole no matter if you lost :
a leg
an arm
your ability to walk
or whatever
So I don't see why you can't donate. However I'm not a donor ,and I don't think I ever will be. That's just because I'm a wimp and affriad i'll still be aware even though I'm dead. So if you are a donor thanks for being braver than me. :)

posted on Mon, 09/24/2007 - 6:24am
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xepher says:

If my body is going to be used for some useful purpose (save lives, research, etc) then yes i would definitely donate, just please don't put my dead corpse on display! And i'm not so sure about giving my body for crash tests or military purposes...I think i'll stick to purely medical uses.

I'm really squeamish and won't even donate blood now, but after i'm dead, who really cares? My soul will be in the afterlife, gone from my body anyways.

posted on Fri, 09/28/2007 - 10:21pm
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Jefri Detrick (female 32 yrs) says:

I have been on several web sites lately and I am feeling a little confused. Some of these sites say if you donate your organs 1st that you then can not donate your body, what's up with that, why does someone who is learning about brains or knee surgery need my kidney or heart? Plus some sites say your bady may not be accepted for one reason or another, dang I suffer enough rejection while I'm alive now I gotta worry about being rejected dead. This is all too confusing, however if I can find a medical school who will take my body after all my organs have been taken out and used to save lives right now, then they can use it train some one to save lives later.Hey I've always wanted to travel, guess if it is only pieces of me here and there going to diffrent states or countries, ok I will, I have no reason to not donate my body. I have mentioned it to my parents and other half and they are all pretty much against it. I plan on getting crememated anyways. So, yes I would and will donate my body, but only if they will take it after my organs have been harvested.

posted on Sun, 10/07/2007 - 6:12pm
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Michelle says:

You could try UCSD med school as well as UCLA and john hopkins univ all 3 have great med school programs and they will accept body donations. I am on a organ donor list and I plan to have my body taken to UCLA. After the school uses the body in its med school programs they will cremate the remains so you dont have to worry.

posted on Sun, 10/07/2007 - 10:52pm
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jonathon says:

is it a tax write off?

posted on Thu, 11/01/2007 - 6:25pm
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Anonymous says:

If you donated your body that would imply you have passed on, and yet, you're still concerned w/ taxes

posted on Tue, 05/25/2010 - 5:45pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

My family have instructions to donate my organs to anyone who needs them if they are healthy, and to donate my body to a medical school for med students if my body is diseased. I feel that if I can continue to contribute to the community after my death, then I have an obligation to do so.

posted on Sun, 11/11/2007 - 6:36pm
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malik says:

No, its not sound good.
At least let me in peace after dead

posted on Sun, 12/02/2007 - 6:14pm
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daddyo's kids says:

we would like to donate our father's body to medical reasearch as he has no money for his burial and we can't afford and don't want to use our meagre savings on his departure! He isn't much of a dad and didn't do diddly squat for us kids nor anyone else and we feel this is a chance for him to repay the world for his existence. We feel that if there's any chance of him entering heaven where we will be, this is his only hope to reconcile with God and his children! If anyone has a comment as to what we have written, be nice, cause you weren't there and didn't have to live with him! May God bless you all!

posted on Sun, 12/16/2007 - 2:05am
Sherie Sarah's picture
Sherie Sarah says:

you are right = )

posted on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 9:10am
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RUHI says:

I would like to do this for those people who are just fighting with those type of diseases which needs some new organ to make them feel alive again.It would really makes me feel that my body organs has helped someone .If i would be able to help someone in this way i would think that my life is completed now and i've done something good atlast.

posted on Sat, 02/23/2008 - 8:30am
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Sherie Sarah says:

I think you should donate after death. What do you need them for? They can be used to save a life, that may really need to be saved!

posted on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 9:08am
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Shannon says:

i think that it is a really good cause

posted on Wed, 04/09/2008 - 1:14pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

that would be weird to dounate your body parts

posted on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 11:18am
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MclovinFiona says:

I would because it would be nice to have other people that are here 200 years from now wut the human body looked like 200 ago it would be interesting

posted on Fri, 07/11/2008 - 12:20pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I don't think that the human body would be any different, but their perseption of the human body mayhave been different. That would've been interesting..

posted on Fri, 07/11/2008 - 3:20pm
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Sherrt D. says:

I am 43, diagnosed at age 6 with Spinal Cerebellar Degeneration Ataxia (SCA) and I want to donate my body for medical research after I die.

I hope that this is the right place.

Sherry D.

posted on Fri, 07/11/2008 - 5:29pm
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Anonymous says:

I hope I have a new body when I get to heaven because I stand the pain this one is in any more, and I don't believe God wants me to live in pain 24/7 any longer than I have too...Carol

posted on Mon, 07/28/2008 - 10:22pm
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Lisa334 says:

I AM going to donate my body to science after, organ donation. The human body is still a mystery, and no matter how it is used, in the long run I know I will be helping someone in some way.

As for my own religious view, the bible has lots of references about helping others freely without looking for personal gain. Those of you that want to get paid, shame on you!!! Look up the word donate!!

For you greedy people out there, remember one thing; a lot of people, including myself, have lives changed by an illness that has no known cause. I have primary sclerosing cholangitis also known as PSC. (Walter Payton, from the Chicago Bears, died from PSC.)

For others, lives have been changed from accidents, and many other things beyond our control. If my body can help another in ANY way, I'm all for it!

posted on Wed, 08/06/2008 - 4:58am
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Rhonda says:

I would because I have greatly benefited from medical research and I would like to return the favor. My soul is gone and its only bone and tissue left, so if that can help find a cure or an answer, I say go for it.

posted on Sun, 08/10/2008 - 1:59pm
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TAbatha Nielson says:

My mom is about to die from liver probloms, she onl has a few days left. She has told all of us she wants to donate her boy to sience, what should do?

posted on Mon, 08/25/2008 - 9:41pm
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Shun the Non-Believers, Shun...Shun! says:

Jesus is a figment of your imaginations. He does not exist. And if God really cared for us he wouldnt cause so many fights etc in the world, considering he created it. If you were the ruler of a whole world would you sit there shaking your head sadly like he does in all the bible stories? I think if you want to donate your body to science, good on you. People will die without it. And if Jesus does come on the so called Judgement Day, all you christians are screwed anyway coz your bodies will be half decomposed anyway, so quit dreaming. and all the christians I know are complete wastes of space anyway. Maybe you should believe in a good religion like rockism.

posted on Mon, 09/08/2008 - 3:43am
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Gene says:

Jesus is real enough. Whether He is divine is, of course, a matter of faith beyond the purview of a scientific discussion.

The Christian theologies I am familiar with claim that God gave Man free will. War, sin, etc. is not God's fault, but Man's for choosing to disregard God's way. But, again, that is theology, not science, and ultimately a matter of personal faith.

posted on Fri, 09/12/2008 - 5:50pm
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Science Geek 101 says:

I would donate my body to science cause i like blood and guts and organs and that would be a cool thing to have them do that stuff for future refrences and that is fun

posted on Sat, 09/13/2008 - 12:39pm
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geek says:

i would not donate my body to science,because want to rest in peace

posted on Sat, 09/13/2008 - 12:40pm
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JAY15E says:

NO BECAUSE I DONT WANT MORE PEOPLE TO SEE ME DEAD THEN I AM ALIVE

posted on Sat, 09/13/2008 - 3:51pm
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Bill says:

I am somehow reminded of the salesman that gushes over how comfortable the casket is (You're dead. Like you'll feel it?) and the lifetime guarrantee on the seal. (I guess we wouldn't want to open it up 20 years later and find the clothing has been water damaged.)

I've got the donor designation on my license. I believe you can also make designations in a living will as to what to do with your body.

posted on Sat, 09/13/2008 - 7:57pm
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selva says:

yes.i want to live after my death
wll u please guide to donate my body?

posted on Sun, 09/28/2008 - 4:12am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

As a christian that doesnt go to church very often but still believes in heaven, hell and the resurrection i feel that its my soul that departs the body after death.I believe that whole body donation is making some good use of the body rather than being cremated or rotting in the ground. Is this an unchristianlike act to donate ?i dont believe so.Your thoughts please.

posted on Wed, 10/15/2008 - 8:46am
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Mikinaak says:

No, i won't because i was born as a single cell made of little cells, so i want to leave that way with out help!

posted on Wed, 10/15/2008 - 3:50pm
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Mikinaak says:

I did mean cremation! it is my heritage that makes me want to do that!

posted on Wed, 10/15/2008 - 3:51pm
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EWatson02 says:

I want to donate my body if just because I know how difficult it is to study the human body without the real thing. Casts and fake body parts can only get you so far; you need to be able to know what things feel like, and cannot rely on sight alone. I know this from studying bones. Today's bone casts are highly sophisticated, but they aren't perfect. They obscure some features, and obliterate others altogether. If my osteological education had been based on casts alone, it would have been a very poor education indeed. Human remains are very expensive and often very hard to come by. The ones in our lab are unidentified individuals that, once identified, must be returned to the living relatives. After this happens, we obviously can't use them anymore. So trust me, if you donate your body to science, it IS appreciated. Scientific studies on human cadavers ARE important, because in order to save lives, doctors need to be able to have access to a REAL human body. And heck, I'm not using it, so why shouldn't others?

posted on Wed, 10/15/2008 - 6:44pm
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H.S.Rao says:

It is meaningful to put the organs and body to the best use after death.all it is used to research that may help to reduce the pain of living.It is really crime to burn or bury when it can be of immense use medically. Really it is a matter of great gratification to know that my mortal remains are of some use even after my full enjoyment of the worldly pleasure. religious rituals need not come in the way of whole body donation.

posted on Tue, 10/28/2008 - 2:49am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

www.anatomygifts.org is the organization I have decided on. They have thier own cremation facilities. They arrange all the transport, paperwork and details.

Those left behind only have to make a phone call and thats it. The tissue samples are used internationally.

Good Luck

posted on Sat, 11/15/2008 - 12:38am
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TC says:

A little history about myself. I was bron in 1970. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1975. As most of us can do the math I have had this disease for 33 yrs. I would love to donate my body for research on diabetes. I feel all the people who have done this in the past have helped advancements in this disease (insulin pump therapy, inhalers, so-on....) I believe that if one doctor or student can learn something and use it to benefit others it would be worth it. I understand peoples beliefs and feel that each person is intitled to that. I would like for those that do not feel body donation is worth it, to walk up to my mother back in 1975 and say to her "sorry because people do not donate we have no medicine to help your daughter, she has only a few days to live-make them worth wild while you can!" I have a lot to offer the world and will have more to offer after I am gone!

posted on Fri, 12/12/2008 - 11:05am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Yes, we would donate our bodies to science so that cures can be found for diseases. Christopher, age 8; Anthony, age 8; Emilie, age 7

posted on Thu, 02/19/2009 - 11:08am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i wouldnt.

posted on Thu, 02/19/2009 - 1:39pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

For any of you contemplating body donation, I suggest reading the book Stiff by Mary Roach. It was very educational, unbiased, funny, and a very enjoyable read.

I agree with Mary Roach in that “It makes little sense to try to control what happens to your remains when you are no longer around to reap the joys or benefits of that control.” I talked it over with my family and we are all comfortable with the idea of donating our bodies to science in the case of death. The most important part of the decision was making sure that it didn't make my family uncomfortable. As it didn't, I'd just as soon be useful.

posted on Mon, 03/02/2009 - 4:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Why should you donate your body to science?would there even be a good reason to except to be cut up and studied? maybe in a million years

posted on Sat, 03/07/2009 - 3:30pm
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nateissexybithc says:

omg

posted on Sat, 03/07/2009 - 5:02pm
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nateissexybithc says:

who cares what happens to your body? ur already dead!!!

posted on Sat, 03/07/2009 - 5:11pm
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caleb says:

No because I think I want my body to live in piece in case anything happens to my soul or spirit then.

P.S. no way!!!!!

posted on Mon, 03/23/2009 - 1:47pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Death is nothing more than the end of what we know, the spirit and soul will continue no matter what they do with the empty shell that used to be you.
It is nothing but an empty shell, do with it as you wish.

posted on Mon, 05/31/2010 - 6:26pm
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writer.grl4eva says:

Yes, I would love to help with important discoveries. And anyway I want to be cremated so they can just burn whatever's left.

Lilil<3's

posted on Mon, 03/23/2009 - 4:42pm
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Anonymous says:

If you donate to science your family could have the cremaed remains back in a few years, once they are done with the parts-practiceing surgeries and such. I might would give my body to science for that, but I do not think I would be a donor, becuase I do not trust them, they might want my parts more than they want me to live..............its happened before. If you give your body to science, they don't get it till your dead-its not the parts they want to reuse, they just use your cadaver for study.

posted on Wed, 03/25/2009 - 10:02am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

My father had a rare kidney disease that eventually killed him before he could have home dialysis. He donated his body to science so that students' like myself and my sister can find cures, what happened when the disease attacked the organs and so forth. I think he made a wise choice like many others. He could not get the life saving help he needed in order to live, but maybe others can benefit from his death and live a healthier life than he did.
By the way, the United States Army killed him in Viet Nam when they (the Army) sprayed their own soldiers with a chemical called Agent Orange. My Dad lived until he was 80. I miss him terribly and I hope that those who are using his body for research have respect and treat him with that respect.

posted on Fri, 12/03/2010 - 1:28am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Yeah, many people believe that by donating their body to science that it will go for a good use, and it should but let me tell you a little story...

My husband used to work for a medical institute years ago, since then he has stayed in contact with some of the people that he worked with such as a woman named Janice Helper.

Back in February Janice hired my husband to take some body parts to Vegas for some training conference. This was some medical company that makes instruments, so they ordered 2 human legs( knees down to the feet) and two arms (shoulders on down ).

The training was for the salespeople, so that they could show the doctors how to use their equipment.

Janice shipped the arms to us and then we had to go to Pheonix to pick up the legs,

When we got to Vegas, the sales seminar only used one leg specimen and one arm specimen, and when they were done they were packed pack in dry ice and we brought them back.

We got back on Feb 9th, today is May 4, and we still have those specimens!! I have emailed that lady several time, and she continues to Lie and say that she will be by to pick them up or make arrangements to pick them up, and she hasn't.

I think that it is a shame that those people who chose to donate their body to science ended up being used to help finance someones pocket book!

I do not know what to do other than to email her everyday in hopes that she will pick them up.

I used to think that when you donate your body to science that it would be used for medical purposes, but as I can clearly see these specimens have been used for profit only.

If anyone has any suggestions on what organization I can contact to take these things I would be greatly appreciated.

So I say to you think again when you decide that you want to donate your body, you might end up in someone's garage for months!

posted on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 10:30pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Yes, Only Vital Organs But no not my whole body!!! Respect, you never know, I took anatomy in college and the respect toward the cadaver was not well respected, the classmates peeked at the face. took pictures with theyre phones and even moved the cadaver to sexual positions...

posted on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 4:28am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

your dead... what does it matter? lol your not gonna know.

posted on Thu, 10/14/2010 - 6:09pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

that is terrible, people donate their bodies to science in the event they can help to save lives and because they had diseases that could not be treated or there was no cure for. The people that have no respect for the dead certainly do not respect themselves as human being with a conscious.

posted on Fri, 12/03/2010 - 1:16am
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Clifford Wanamaker says:

For me not donating would be a sin. The Bible tells us to help your fellow man. If you can save a life wouldn't God expect you to. Plus I'm a diabetic. Witch is out of control. I would be proud that by doing it they might find out why and learn how to help others with the same problem.

posted on Thu, 10/01/2009 - 8:31am
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Jordab says:

Well... it really depends. If I have a rare medical condition, I would donate my body to help others prevent/treat it. However, if everything goes normal, I would just want to rest in peace, because I like naps.

posted on Thu, 10/01/2009 - 4:07pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i have a few medical problems that have caused me alot of pain during my life, i hope that after my death i can save people like me from that pain... and knowing that will give me peace

posted on Sun, 10/18/2009 - 4:27am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i'v been tring to find out how ,and where to sell my body for cash now.

posted on Mon, 05/10/2010 - 5:55pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

you can not sell your body when you die. the purpose of body donation is for educational purposes only

posted on Fri, 12/03/2010 - 1:13am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I have a very rare disease and want to know that my donation will help future generations, if not . burn me and use me as fertilizer.

posted on Mon, 05/31/2010 - 6:21pm
Jacob's picture
Jacob says:

This small gesture will help our scientists & researchers pave the way for a better life for our future generations.

posted on Fri, 03/18/2011 - 10:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I am an 82 year old woman, healthy and I would like to donate my body to science. I am a Christian and I know that the minute I die my soul will go to heaven and in time I would get a new body.
Please give me information as to how I go about to do this. Thank you.
.

posted on Sat, 03/19/2011 - 1:04pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

a gonna do it no matter what, i hope only my soul goes to heaven and i have had a great live here so if meaning i could help somebody else then i will be even happier knowing i helped a mum a dad child ect..

posted on Fri, 05/13/2011 - 9:26am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Of course I would. I'm an organ donor as well. I believe this is extremely important. If I have the chance to save multiple lives, of course I'll do it. Because if someone I cared about needed an organ, or had a disease that could be treated with more research, I'd want someone to help too. I may only be 16, but I know that this is right for me. :)

posted on Mon, 07/11/2011 - 3:58pm
Sanyasi's picture
Sanyasi says:

No. Might need those parts in the afterlife

posted on Sun, 07/31/2011 - 12:54pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

NO I WOULD NOT DONATE MY BODY BC I IS POINTLESS

posted on Sun, 07/31/2011 - 1:33pm
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Karnendra Singh says:

Yes I will...'cause after I die, someone else's life can be saved, and when that happens, my life would have a meaning.
I will donate my organs and body parts, so that someone else who needs to live, who can live and who should live, gets to live. Human life must be dedicated to others, that's what I believe...My death would give someone else a life...I think that's worth it!!!

posted on Mon, 08/08/2011 - 4:34am
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Kiran Bale says:

I would like to those who are really needy person and those who can't afford for living purpose. I would like to join some more people with me. It would be peaceful and it will be satisfication that I have did good things in my life.

posted on Mon, 08/08/2011 - 11:48am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yes this is very much noble job to donate your body science would do more research and many people could be saved.

posted on Wed, 08/10/2011 - 3:55am
Stacy's picture
Stacy says:

It's amazing how many of you are even considering donating your bodies to science! Although Whole Body Donation can be a sensitive subject, it truly is a gift to future generations. Science Care (www.sciencecare.com) is a wonderful program for anyone seeking to donate their bodies to further medical research and training. I am a representative of the organization and I cannot tell you enough what a generous gift it is to donate your body to science. Science Care provides training for thousands of physicians each year. Many of you talked about whole body donation as it relates to religion. I'd encourage you to read the following http://sciencecare.com/pdf/Religious_Viewpoints.pdf to learn more about what various religious groups say about donation.

posted on Fri, 08/19/2011 - 4:43pm
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Fredrick says:

I wouldnt mind my body going through such torment, I mean I will be chillin with Jesus, couldnt ask for any thing better then to live when I die...BUT I do have a family and a favorite sister that depend on me therfore I would ask that It would be considered that a fee be included with the remains of the crash course, considering also some burial fees. Afterall, theu will be suffering a hard loss and may not be able to afford much.

posted on Tue, 09/06/2011 - 11:59pm
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jenny says:

I would definately donate my body. Why not? I have a lot of medical issues that have seemed to be undefined thus far so maybe I can help scientist learn about new diseases and disorders. It is somewhat being selfish but some people choose cremation and just to be buried but I dont even want a funeral. I want everyone to be happy. People die and life goes on. There is no need to dwell in someone's death.

posted on Mon, 09/12/2011 - 1:27pm
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carol blenkinsop says:

Yes ! Happy to have my body used for research -the more that is know the greater knowledge to keep moving forward. Also not bothered about burial could not care less where my body ends up ..also saves all that funeral arrangements.

posted on Fri, 09/16/2011 - 6:51am
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Anonymous says:

yes, i would. it would help develop medical science and would not waste a body. the funerals are paid for three years after you have first donated your body. however i do understand other peoples view that they do not want their bodies donated for religious reasons

posted on Fri, 09/23/2011 - 3:09am
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Spikeygrrl says:

1) Burial is ridiculous. Imagine how much arable (for agriculture) or developable (for homes, businesses, roads, etc.) land we could free up by eliminating cemeteries!

2) Cremation? I can see this as a fast (and, ideally, free) disposal option, but seriously, KEEPING THE ASHES?! Ewwwww!

3) Instead, why not put the organic junk we leave behind -- whether or not one believes in an afterlife, surely whatever remains in the cooling corpse is NOT our souls/individualities -- toward improving the lives of those still living, and possibly even those yet to be born? I can't imagine a nobler disposition for a chunk of rotting human meat than to be a whole cadaver for med students, or to be parceled out into tissue for labs which work toward cures for terminal diseases!

Although I have already made my family and close friends aware of my desire to do this, I did not know how and was seriously considering paying to consult an attorney...until I found Life Legacy, which will not only do all this for me but also pay all costs including transporting the corpse and any grief counseling which may become necessary for those I leave behind. I haven't signed up yet, but will probably do so within the next 30 days.

http://www.lifelegacy.org
Full Disclosure: I have absolutely ZERO commercial relationship with this group; I haven't even signed up yet. It is simply doing a wonderful service for which I have been searching for quite some time.

posted on Tue, 10/04/2011 - 12:35pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

No, because the worms need food too!

posted on Wed, 10/05/2011 - 9:52am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i really dont thimk i would donate to science lab,burial is the traditional way.

posted on Thu, 10/06/2011 - 6:50am
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Amylee1111 says:

I would just like all of me to be of service even after I'm gone. We're so blessed in this country, and so spoiled too. While I have tried to be of service to the people I run across every day, I know I could do more. Donating my body and organs to help others is a good way to blaze out, is what I'm thinkin. I certainly won't need it anymore!

posted on Fri, 11/04/2011 - 6:38am
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sharna says:

I would! However, from what I've read (which isn't much, yet) you need to donate your whole body. You can't have had any part of your body removed nor can you have been autopsied. You pretty much have to be on life support to donate organs, so that'll unfortunately, rule most of us out. I'm taking small steps in the direction of donating my organs to science. I know most states have "brain banks" and hope they'll have mine. Luuckily I'm an athiest so there's no spiritual garbage involved for me.

posted on Mon, 11/28/2011 - 5:02am
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sharna says:

P.s I don't know how it is in the rest of the world but in Australia, (well Victoria) if you're a registered donor, your family can override your wishes. Doesn't that suck?

posted on Mon, 11/28/2011 - 5:07am
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Anonymous says:

People that say no because they want to take their organs to Heaven need to wake up. Not only is Heaven a ficticious place, but with your logic, if you take your body to Heaven, then what if you get run over just before you die by a lorry? If you ask me, thats a body that can stay in the ground. Better still, a body that can go to save another life rather than my own selfish beliefs. Any God that places it's 'people' at a disadvantage because they wanted to do something good after they died can't be a very 'loving' God.

posted on Sat, 12/10/2011 - 7:27am
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Margarita Martinez says:

I do will like to donate my body to science purposes after most of my best organs have been removed for transplant to needed people. i really do not want any person to see me insde a casket. I hate to see hipocrecy.

posted on Thu, 12/15/2011 - 6:48pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I have epilepsy and arthritis in my spine and hips. Donating my body may help people with these problems in the future. There a pain.

posted on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 8:43pm
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Mel Issa says:

No because of the various organizations that hold themselves out as non profits..... having CEO s making over $400,000.00 salary.....and with all processing fees that can be collected for body parts...a fully harvested remains is worth over $ 300,000.00.....what goes to my estate or family for such a kind gesture??? ZERO

posted on Wed, 02/08/2012 - 11:03am
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Samwam777 says:

Your family may not receive money, but your body is embalmed and cremated for free, essentially, by the organization of which your body goes to. That in actuality is quite a cost, especially when transportation is calculated in. They take care of that, and if your family wants to bury your ashes or spread them somewhere they can request them, some organization will send them for free while others do require shipping and handling for a reasonable price of like 10 dollars. So, I am unable to comprehend your reasoning.

posted on Fri, 07/06/2012 - 9:27am
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anwer says:

its something special who are using there body donation for a good cause for science.after life ends let others learn.

posted on Sun, 05/13/2012 - 2:38am
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ATUL TYAGI says:

I want to donate my whole body for science, in India. Can anyone help ?

posted on Thu, 05/31/2012 - 7:07am
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Sandi1973 says:

I suffer from bi-polar disorder and fibromyalgia. I want to donate my body to science for neurological research related to these disorders/illnesses to further the advancement of the treatment and overall knowledge of the illness. I am having problems locating a place to do this with though. Does anyone have more info on how to do this in the state of texas?

posted on Tue, 06/26/2012 - 3:54pm
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Samwam777 says:

I will not donate my body to science. This is not because of my religion or reasons like that. I want my body present at my funeral. I know that some organizations allow this with correct planning, but it is too difficult where I live. I believe people should donate their bodies to science, since ancient Egyptians times and even before, the dead have helped the living. Mortui vivos docent (the deceased teach the living). I believe in this statement, but also do not want to be cremated. I want to be buried whole in a coffin, be present at my funeral, and my family to be able to visit resting site.

posted on Fri, 07/06/2012 - 9:21am
Jacob's picture
Jacob says:

Yes I totally agree with you as for everyone else this is my own opinion I would want to be buried for specify. Reasons as like having my family visit me at my grave site being Present at my funeruL so my fMy could see me. I alsO believe that cremTion would be the bet option for me. And this is my reason as well I would want my body peacefully rested into the ground instead be handled by a living person. And these are my reasons I say no. P.s I have always belevied on burial as it is tradicional as samwam has pointed out.

posted on Thu, 01/31/2013 - 10:56pm
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Connie says:

If the medical problems that I now have would be helped by this, then I feel privileged to give up my shell for other persons benefit. I will not need my physical body any longer and it may even help someone you love.

posted on Fri, 10/26/2012 - 6:15pm
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Southrnmagn0lia says:

Yes, I would donate my body to science. I am no longer needed after I am dead, if something good can come from the use of my body then it is worth it. In automobile safety testing and other related testing, the best way to measure the extent of damage to a human is by a human. We cant put living people in the testing, so the next best thing that can detail injuries related to our human anatomy, are human cadavers. These researchers treat these "specimens" with the utmost respect, and in some cases, once testing is completed, the remains are cremated and returned to the families. I plan on being cremated anyway, why not be useful first.

posted on Mon, 11/05/2012 - 10:02pm
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stephanie says:

I dont believe i need my organs when i am dead. so maybe they will use them to do research or maybe even help someone. so take them all :)

posted on Mon, 11/12/2012 - 10:27am
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Paul Fretwell says:

1.) You don"t need it anymore after you die.
2.) Think about the lives you might save by offering your body for researching diseases, ailments and other causes of death.
3.) And last, if there is a God ( by whatever definition or belief you have in him/her/ or it that you worship as your higher power) this opportunity you give to science just might be your ticket to salvation. Amen

posted on Sun, 11/18/2012 - 8:13am
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Daphne Hartley says:

Any one know how to donate my body to cadaver dog training in Guatemala?

posted on Sun, 12/30/2012 - 8:59am
Myya's picture
Myya says:

Why wouldn't anyone donate their body~? It's a chance for science to progress~! And what's the use of a body inside a coffin sitting there~? All it does is take up space and money. Why not help mankind progress and possibly find something new~? Why not help others who are STILL LIVING by donating your organs after you pass~? I don't understand not wanting to help. And also, the body stays here, the soul/spirit goes up to heaven. So fact of the matter is people are just being selfish or paranoid or whatever the heck if they don't want to donate and would rather waste money and space on a useless coffin. I say DONATE~!

posted on Sun, 04/28/2013 - 11:24am

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