Reader Tina sent me a link to an ABC 7 story about a free alternative to the traditional funeral and burial. Donating your body to science seems like the way to go to cut costs as you’ll receive a free memorial in return. But would you consider donating your body to science to lessen the financial burden on your family once you’re gone?
According to the story, this industry is booming in Southern California. The reason: there is a demand for cadavers from medical and research institutions. This is not limited to SoCal as every doctor in the country at some point trains on a cadaver.
Though some may consider it morbid, planning ahead is still the best way to reduce the financial burden on those left behind. Lets face it, this is not the right decision for everyone.
You have to take several things into consideration like your religious believes and your family’s desires. You never know, they may want to send you off with all the bells and whistles. Hmm… don’t know if that’s a good thing or bad thing.
Here are other factors to consider about this cheap death.
- Non-profit agencies have a restriction on what bodies can be accepted.
- You may not qualify if you plan on donating your organs as some agencies only want complete bodies.
- By law, human bodies and parts (organs) cannot be sold in the US.
- Signing a contract with a private company can be risky as they may go out of business.
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