How to Beat the Body Snatchers: Be a Body Donor!

by Leigh Ann Otte

Last week, in a some-say-morbid celebration of Halloween, we talked about giving away your organs. Well, All Hallows Eve’s just a few days away now, so it’s time to take things up a notch. How about giving away your body?

Some folks donate their bodies to science. Medical students study on them. Ever thought about being a body donor? In this week’s featured article, “Donating Your Body to Science: FAQs,” you can hear one woman’s story about why she’s decided to give away her corpse.

“I was never comfortable with the idea of being cremated or buried,” she says. “Burial seems cold and lonely. Cremation is too hot.” She’s practical too. “I believe very strongly in the philosophy of reduce, reuse, recycle. Why waste a body if it can help others?”

You can read her story here, and get answers to your questions from an anatomy professor—questions like, how do you donate your body, anyway?

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of and a freelance writer specializing in health and aging. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

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4 Responses to “How to Beat the Body Snatchers: Be a Body Donor!”

  1. Aaron McGlauchlen Says:

    I also believe in the Three R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, and the biggest advantage of donating your body is that it can be used for education and training of medical professionals.

    Does having a real body to dissect has any advantage to the Medical students?

    Yes, I firmly believe that if they are able to see the actual structures of nerves, veins and arteries, they are better equipped to understand the functions of the body. I am FOR this and personally would like to donate my body too.
    Aaron McGlauchlen recently posted..An overview of sell my car for cash companies

  2. Maria Says:

    That is good idea to donate your body as it only have value for
    living people. For people who died, that just dont know.

  3. lotte Says:

    Thanks, Aaron and Maria. Aaron: Cool!

    Leigh Ann Otte
    Managing Editor

  4. Fredrick M Says:

    Thank Aaron, That was really a good post.

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