Many of our clients have expressed interest in donating their bodies through their wills for medical education or research. In the Calgary area, this can be done through the Body Donation Program at the University of Calgary. The following clause can be inserted in a will:

I direct that, upon my death, my body be delivered to the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary (or to the nearest medical school) to be used for medical education and research.

Body donation is different than organ and tissue donation for transplant purposes.

Program Details

The primary function of the Body Donation Program at the University of Calgary is to provide specimens to the undergraduate medical education program for the purpose of teaching normal human anatomy. The majority of our donations are used in this manner.

A second way in which a donation can be utilized is through our medical research program.

Depending on the needs of the program the study may last a few weeks or a few years. After the study is completed, your body is cremated (all expenses borne by the University). Your executor and family will be notified about interment of the remains at the University of Calgary cemetery plot. Every two years there is a formal service at Queen’s Park Cemetery.

For more information about this program please contact us, or review the Program’s Frequently Asked Questions.

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