Service of Thanksgiving for Body Donors, 12 March 2013
Each year the University accepts a number of human bodies, which are used to teach anatomy to medical, dental and science students. The Service of Thanksgiving has become an annual event in memory of those who have bequeathed their bodies to the University in the previous academic year. The Service is unrelated to the final committal or funeral service of any individual, but, rather, is intended as an opportunity for the public-spirited actions of the donors to be acknowledged.
The Service this year will be held at 12:30 pm for 12:45 pm on Tuesday 12th March 2013 in the University’s Whitworth Hall.
This will be a non-denominational Service. I would like to stress that you do not need to be of any particular religious affiliation or, indeed, to hold any religious belief, to attend the Service. Everyone will be made most welcome.
Dr Ingrid Gouldsborough
Senior Lecturer in Anatomy
The University has a continuing requirement for human bodies for the purposes of Anatomical Examination, Education, Training and Research and is greatly indebted to the public-spirited individuals who bequeath their bodies in this way.
Bequeathing one’s body is not the same as donating organs for transplantation. If you wish to donate organs for transplantation, you should carry a donor card, available from General Practitioners, some hospitals and chemists. If you carry a donor card, you can still bequeath your body for teaching and research. If organs are removed for transplantation at the time of death, however, this may preclude acceptance of the bequeathal (see section 2:v).
It is important that, if you wish to bequeath your body, you should discuss your wishes with your relatives or executor(s). You have the right to withdraw your donation at any time, by contacting the department at the address/telephone number on the Bequeathal Form.
Forms for Bequeathal can be obtained from the Bequeathals Administrator, Mrs Pamela Hall (tel: 0161 275 5399, email: Pamela.firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mrs P Hall
3.614 Stopford Building
The University of Manchester