Whole body donation to medical science is an alternative to traditional methods of disposition. The families can be assured that medical professionals treat the donors with the utmost respect and reference.
When considering donating a body to medical science, families are encouraged to make arrangements in advance. There is limited, if any, out of pocket cost to families and cremated remains are returned to family members upon request after a specified period of time.
Families should consult with each institution for their policies and procedures. Unless a memorial service is scheduled at the time of death, the local funeral director is usually not involved in the donation since each institution hires licensed funeral directors to process paperwork and to provide transportation and cremation services.
There are a number of medical institutions in the tri-state area that accept donations. The two public institutions that accept donations in New Jersey are affiliated with medical schools.
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Anatomical Association
675 Hoes Lane West, Room R327
Piscataway NJ 08854-5635
Cheryl L. Schroeder, Practitioner of Mortuary Science, N.J. License No. 3526
For more information on donating to science, visit http://rwjms.umdnj.edu/departments_institutes/neuroscience/anatomical_assoc/index.html
In addition to the aforementioned medical school, Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Funeral Service Education program is authorized as an anatomical donee institution to accept human remains for “embalming, research and advancement of funeral service education.”
MCCC-Funeral Service Donor Program
Attn: Michael T. Daley, Interim Program Director
Physical: 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor NJ 08550
Mailing: P.O. Box 17202, Trenton NJ 08690
Telephone: 609.570.3472 or 3474 (weekends or after hours 609.528.7300)
In addition to traditional educational institutions, there are a number of national groups accepting whole body donation for medical research. Generally, the local funeral director will not be involved with these arrangements. Each entity should have established relationships with funeral directors to provide the necessary services.