Monday, April 20, 2009

Body Donation Program

Recently I worked with some clients on an estate plan, and part of the process was to help them coordinate donating their body to research. The opted to work with the University of Wisconsin Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health, Anatomy Department's Body Donation Program.

Wisconsin law allows a person, while living, to arrange to donate his or her body to a medical school as long as the donation is for educational purposes. At the UW, once study of the body is completed, the remains are cremated. Ashes may be returned to the family if designated forms are completed. According to the school, it is normally two years before the ashes are returned. Ashes that are not returned to the family are buried in an unmarked grave on University property.

To ask additional questions or obtain a donation form, contact the UW at 608-262-2888.

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