There are few things in this world that are guaranteed, but taxes and death are two of them. Speaking of death, have you seen the commercials with those lousy actors that want you to buy extra insurance after letting you know just how much the average funeral costs. The commercial might be bunk (at least in theory simply because they want you to buy more life insurance) the cost of the average funeral is not. It’s really about $5,000 and before you say it, you really don’t save that much by being cremated.
So, what can you do to defray some of your final expenses AND help someone out? Are you sitting down? Donate your body to science! Hold your horses before you give yourself a heart attack. Yes, you read the last sentence correctly. Donate your body to science.
How Donating Your Body to Medical Science Works
Scientists need bodies in order to understand how things work AND you get to completely forgo any of the costs associated with the handling of your remains.
- No embalming costs (this damages the tissues and prevents certain tests from being performed),
- no coffin costs (you can rent one from the funeral home for the memorial service, if you choose to have one),
- and no cremation fees.
As a matter of fact, you don’t have to pay one dime in final expenses if you choose to go this route and have a private memorial service. Here’s how.
The easiest way to do this is to pre-register with your local medical teaching hospital. In order to complete this step, you’ll have to complete the forms included in the registration packet those wonderful people at the school give you.
Sign the consent form and whatever you do, don’t forget to add this language to your will so that your family won’t get into a big argument over whether or not you were kidding. Make sure that the folks handling your final affairs are well aware of your directive so that they will actually tell the funeral service to call the school when you kick it. Proper arrangements will be made by the service in charge of your body so that you are properly preserved.
You might want to ask to see what the hospital or school plans to do with your body after their done with you, if you or anyone in your family cares. Most will cremate you at their expense and turn you back over to your family after you have served your purpose.
Donating Individual Organs to Save Lives
If you would rather your organs be used to help save someone else’s life instead of being used as a practice surgery cadaver, you have to register with the Network For Organ Sharing as well check the little box on your driver’s license. Just checking the box won’t get it done. Then, your family can choose to have the memorial service of their choice at the venue of their choice and spend as much or as little as they choose.
Donating Your Body to Science for Money is Illegal
One thing to keep in mind is that no matter how much the school or organ network needs your body, they won’t pay you for it. By law, they are unable to actually purchase bodies to use for science. Can you imagine what life would be like if they did? Talk about a new perspective on grave robbing.
Donating your body to science is a noble (and cheap) way to make sure that you are properly taken care of after you’ve taken your final breaths. The work done on your body can mean saving the life of someone else. Plus, it’ll save you a boatload of cash.
What about you? Would you consider donating your body to science?