A typical funeral including casket, interment, headstone, burial plot and services can cost in the range of $10,000.
Yes. You must be the age of majority to provide a bequeathal. Those under 18 cannot sign a legally valid bequeathal. However, in certain cases, such as imminent death, certain persons such as parents, siblings, or other next of kin of age of majority, can sign the required forms for a minor person. Older persons may donate their body as well. There are restrictions on all bodies accepted into the program based on health questions asked at the time of death.
Yes, you may be taken out of the bequeathal program at any time. You do this making a written request to the College at the address given to you at the time of enrollment or listed on the Anatomy and Cell Biology website.
We keep the body from 1 to 3 years. Your cremated remains may be returned to your next of kin or buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, in the University of Saskatchewan plot, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Your next of kin will be notified of the location of your grave after burial or contacted for delivery information.
At the University of Saskatchewan annual Memorial Ceremony, organized by the students who have benefited from the bequeathal program, bequeathal donors are honoured. The students fully appreciate that generous donors (and their families) allow future practitioners to develop a unique understanding of the human body and its form and function. They understand that without donors, their medical education would be incomplete. The ceremony time, date, and location are sent out to the next of kin so that the family and friends may attend.
No, it is not. There are several medical reasons that make it impossible for us to accept a bequeathal. Since the condition at the time of death is of utmost importance, we cannot accept or decline until the time of death.
We can accept:
- Cardiovascular disease:
- Atherosclerotic heart disease (ASHD)
- Heart failure
- Myocardial infarction (MI) "Heart Attack"
- Cerebral vascular accident (CVA) "Stroke"
- Unruptured aneurysm
- Diabetes mellitus
- Ischemic bowel diseases
- Kidney: Renal failure
- Liver: Alcoholic hepatitis
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Lung: Chronic Obstructive Lung Disorder (COPD)
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Most cancers or lymphomas
- Autopsy or Trauma
- Degenerative neurological diseases:
- Rapid onset dementia
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Infections diseases:
- Septicemia ("blood poisoning")
- HIV positive
- C. difficile
- Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
- Ruptured aneurysm
- Recent major surgery (within six months prior to death)
- Extreme emaciation:
- Males under 125 lbs (56 kg)
- Females under 90 lbs (41kg)
- Excessive size: cannot be larger than 6'3" (196cm) and/or 190 lbs (85 kg)
- Operational Restrictions
Generally, a nurse or next of kin will contact the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at 966-4075. The number has a 24 hour 7 day per week answering service, so time is not an issue. The technicians will be contacted who will call back as soon as possible, but within a few hours to speak with the next of kin or nurse and ask a series of questions to assess whether they can accept the donation. If they are unable to accept, the next of kin will need to initiate the alternate arrangements made by the donor. If they are able to accept, they make all arrangements and will provide a statement of death within one day to your next of kin so that they can notify the bank and other agencies.
Plastination is a method of preservation of organic material in order to keep it for a period of time long time. It has been used since 1977. In the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, this form of preservation will allow the instruction of many more students for each donation, making each donation that much more precious.
The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology does not send out any information kept on the death certificate nor will release any such personal information because Saskatchewan vital statistics through eHealth Saskatchewan has set policies and procedures to handle that information.
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The cremated remains can be returned to the next-of-kin.
Are they buried or cremated together with a number of other bodies (or body parts) that were given to science?
The bodies are cremated separately and the cremated remains from each body are in separate containers.
Are all the separate parts of my body somehow "reassembled" together, and buried or cremated separately from the other bodies (or body parts) that were given to science?
We are open from 8:30 to 16:30 (closed for lunch from 12:00 to 13:00). You can pick-up some information anytime between these hours. Even when we are not open, though you may contact the Department by calling 306-966-4075 and our 24 hour answering service will be able to assist at the time of death.