2012-11-14 “Anatomical Donations”

First, I want to thank whoever found my ring of keys and returned them to the War Amps.  I have used the tags that they send each year for a long time now and I’m so glad I did…my keys have been returned safe and sound! 

I know you have read this before and I promise that this will be the last time because by the time the paper comes out next week, our seminar will be over.  But on Tuesday November 20th at 7 p.m. here at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home, Haley Linklater who heads the Body Bequeathal Program at the University of Western Ontario will be speaking about “donating your 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.  But 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.  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.   It’s really important that you inform your executor if this is your wish because by the time your will is read, it could be too late.

There is no catch to our seminars.  We don’t take your name and follow up with a phone call to see if you want to pre-arrange.  What we want if for you to be an informed consumer.  We would like to know how many to expect for lunch though, so if you plan on coming give us a call and let us know how many are in your group we would appreciate that.