Is a funeral or memorial service permitted for a donor?
Yes. We suggest that the ceremony take the form of a memorial service since the decedent will not be present. Any expense incurred for a private memorial or funeral service must be borne by the survivors of the donor and will not be the responsibility of the Boonshoft School of Medicine or the Anatomical Gift Program. Similarly, we are not financially responsible for the purchase of a personal urn or interment/inurnment in a cemetery of your choice. In the event that a family member lives out of town and cannot return prior to removal of the decedent to the Boonshoft School of Medicine, we can make arrangements for the out-of-town survivors to view the remains at the medical school, provided that we are notified of the request in a timely fashion. Remains will be held prior to viewing for a maximum of two days after death.