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High Cost of Burials Forcing American Families to Donate Their Dead Relatives to Medical Schools

by Daniel Barker, Natural News:

Americans are donating their bodies to medical schools in record numbers due to the skyrocketing cost of traditional burials, according to a recent Associated Press story featured by Breitbart.

The average cost of a traditional funeral and burial in the United States ranges between $8,000 and $10,000, including the ceremony, casket and headstone.

Many Americans these days simply cannot afford such an amount, so more and more of the less affluent are choosing to donate their bodies to science – a practice that was once unthinkable for a large portion of the population.

Several medical schools are reporting a marked increase in the number of donations, which are welcomed by researchers and students who use the cadavers for anatomy class dissections, surgical practice or testing of new technologies and procedures.

From Breitbart:

“The University of Minnesota said it received more than 550 cadavers last year, up from 170 in 2002. The University at Buffalo got almost 600 last year, a doubling over the past decade. Others that reported increases include Duke University, the University of Arizona and state agencies in Maryland and Virginia. ScienceCare, a national tissue bank, now receives 5,000 cadavers a year, twice as many as in 2010.”

According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the cost of traditional burials has increased by nearly 30 percent in the last decade. When a person donates his or her body, the medical schools cremate the unused remains and often return the ashes to the family at no charge.

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4 comments to High Cost of Burials Forcing American Families to Donate Their Dead Relatives to Medical Schools

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    What about some relative nominating a certain, irritating Rothschild presidential candidate for donations to a worthy cause?

  • KRELL427

    Medical school sounds a lot more prestigious than the glue factory. Hopefully Hillary will be sent directly to Purina pet foods. Lets get serious here, people use to plan ahead and make sure money was put aside for their funerals so they would not be a burden on their remaining families. These days people are so lazy, have poor money management skills and are so selfish that they don’t give a crap. Of coarse they will always have an excuse to blame it on someone else.

    • Craig Escaped Detroit

      My personal feelings about the “funeral industry” is that it’s a clever scam for making a lot of money from people in emotional distress.

      It also plays on people’s religious indoctrinations (brain washing) about the need to hold a bunch of services for an empty, lifeless bunch of rotting meat that used to be somebody we loved. The person we loved, was inside the meat-shell, and we get very used to looking at it, that we develop a very strong attachment to the outer shell because we think the shell is the real person.

      I will always have loving memories of my family members who have “passed on”, but I know the shell is not who they really are.

      My parents, did not want any funerals or burials, each of them specifically wanted the cheapest cremation available, and the money saved, was to be used to throw a happy dinner party “get together” for everybody who cared to show up.

      That’s what we did. We posted the death notices, but a few months later, we notified people, posted notices, fliers (with photos), etc, announcing there would be a big (FREE) buffet dinner and chit chatting to laugh, love and honor the friend that is no longer with us (we held it at the local bowling-alley-restaurant-bar.

      We had a lot of photos blown up and stuck them onto a sheet of plywood (and most of the photos were of those OTHER PEOPLE together with my parents (often in the background) so that most of the townsfold & relatives could see THEMSELVES with the friend/family member they remembered.

      Many of us took turns at the microphone, talking about the camping trips, fishing, or playing cards at the local bar, with all the funny stories and good times. A few tears were shed, and many people met each other for the first time, but they all knew my parents.

      Even some ladies from the checkout counter at the local grocery store or gas station came to say hello/goodbye.

      My parents used to stop and chit-chat with anybody & everybody. It was a wonderful celebration for everybody. It was NOT a sad/somber occasion.
      No funeral, no cemetery. Mom & dad had a big circle of friends in the area, etc. A lot of history.

      I won’t have any of that. I don’t have the long term community or circle of friends and I’m OK with that. After I die, just toss my shell onto the brush pile and burn it all together, let the ashes become part of the earth where it belongs. Caskets & concrete vaults are just another polluting mess that does not feed any nutrients back into the earth from which our shells were made.

      I feel that I have a spirit that is immortal and it will recycle (re-incarnate) yet again. (Energy cannot be created or destroyed), so it continues forever. Live well now, do no harm, plant some GOOD karma for your future self by helping others in this life.

      May the FORCE be with you.

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    Short (6 minutes) cute little “Sci-Fi video” (worthy of “The Outer Limits” or “Twilight Zone”).

    They’re Made Out of Meat. (you’re gonna love this.)

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