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.
Whether 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.
If you 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.
In answer 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.