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Four things you may not know about cremation

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Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014 5:48 pm | Updated: 11:25 am, Mon Mar 31, 2014.

1) The number of cremations annually are expected to surpass traditional funerals in the next 20 years. Those who are interested in cremation may now consider whole body donation. With whole body donation for medical research and training you are able to fulfill a person’s wishes but also leave a lasting legacy for future generations. Donation helps advance medicine for future generations. Cremation is necessary with whole body donation. Some folks want to do cremation for economic reasons. A traditional funeral and burial is more expensive. Also, often times, people cannot come together from all over the country for a funeral service. Body donation may be an economical, simpler option to consider.

2) Memorialization is important. Human beings need to celebrate the life of those we love. It is an important part of the grieving process. Even with body donation families can still hold a memorial service with or without the cremated remains on site. With whole body donation through Science Care, the cremated remains are returned to the family within 3-5 weeks and at no cost. There aren’t just two options of cremation or a funeral but a third option that combines cremation with whole body donation.

3) You can be an organ donor as well as a whole body donor. We will help coordinate with the organ transplant organization. Even if a person is ruled out for organ donation we will usually be able to proceed with whole body donation. Most people qualify for body donation and there is no age limit.

4) Science Care’s community relations manager is available to give presentations for free about whole body donations or cremation. We will speak to all different kinds of groups. If you have a civic, social, religious or senior group that needs a speaker, give us a call at 800.417.3747.

Science Care sets the standard of excellence for the donation and responsible use of human tissues for medical research, training and professional education. 

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