Thank you very much
for your offer to contribute your body after death to the
Medical School in the interest of science and public health.
This donation is accomplished by filling out the enclosed forms.
you leave a will or not, you should fill out
the Declaration of Consent form and have
your signature witnessed by two (2) persons.
Return the bottom portion, only.
are planning to make a will, or to make an
addition to an existing will, we suggest that
you employ a similar statement per the enclosed
form. You should keep your will in a place
where it will be available immediately after
death. A safe deposit box is generally not
satisfactory because the legal restrictions
placed on the opening of such boxes frequently
result in a delay of a week or more. A will
can be kept in a safe place at home or in a
lawyer's office. It should be noted that there
is no charge attached to the donation of your
body to this program. If a person dies within
a radius of 100 miles from the Medical School,
the Department of Pathology and Anatomical
Sciences will arrange with our undertaker for
the delivery of the body to the school. Should
death occur beyond the 100 mile radius, the
expense for the additional mileage must be
borne by the estate of the deceased.
to inquiries we have received regarding funeral
services, we suggest you contact your pastor,
who can conduct a memorial service either at
home or in church. You should understand that
our studies may take over a year before they
are completed and cremation is performed. After
cremation, should your family wish to receive
the remains, we will be glad to advise them
when the remains become available, if you
so indicate on the enclosed form. The remains
of Roman Catholic bodies are buried in consecrated
ground. Families of donors have also chosen
to indicate in the death notice which appears
in the newspaper that, in lieu of flowers,
gifts may be directed to the U.B. Foundation,
Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences,
SUNY at Buffalo.
Frank Mendel, Ph.D.