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Body Donation

Body donation, anatomical donation, or body bequest is the donation of a whole body after death for research and education. For years, only medical schools accepted bodies for donation, but now private programs also accept donors. There is usually no cost to donate a body to science; most donation programs pay for nearby transportation as well as the cost of cremation once a donated cadaver has served its purpose and is returned to the family for internment. Therefore, body donation may be an economical as well as thoughtful and generous choice. Some donation programs require that a donor register before death. However, in many cases, next-of-kin may make the bequest without prior arrangement.

To download information on Steps to Take if You Wish to Donate Your Body, click on this link. Steps

To download a list of organizations accepting whole body donation from Illinois residents, click here. Organizations