I want to talk again about the “Body Bequeathal Program” at the University of Western Ontario or more commonly referred to as “donating my body to science”. Participating in the Body Bequeathal Program is a very unselfish act. By doing this, you will be helping tomorrow’s doctors, dentists and health researchers to make this world a better world.
There are some things that you need to know if you are considering bequeathing your body. Despite your best intentions, not all bodies are considered acceptable for donation. Under no circumstances will a body be considered for donation if the person who passed away had dementia including Alzheimer’s disease or an infectious disease such as hepatitis, tuberculosis or AIDS etc. If a person has been deceased longer than 48 hours, the body will not be accepted to the program.
Costs to your estate associated with body bequeathal are minimal and all expenses in connection with the ultimate cremation and interment will be borne by the University. We have forms here from The University of Western Ontario that you can take and complete…you can leave a copy with your family and your executor and you can leave a copy here if that is your wish so that the information is quickly available. We also have brochures available to answer many questions that you may have. Haley Linklater from the University of Western Ontario has offered to come here and talk about the Body Bequeathal Program on Tuesday November 20th. This will be a very informative seminar whether you are thinking about body bequeathal or you are just interested in what happens. Mark it on your calendar. Closer to that date I will talk about this again and see how many folks might attend. Or you can call now and let us know if you might be interested and we will give you a reminder call when the date gets closer.