Whole Body Donation Donor Stories

We are honored to share the stories of families and friends of Science Care whole body donors.

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My boyfriend and I signed up with Science Care…


My boyfriend and I signed up with Science Care. Since then Brian, my boyfriend has passed. Science Care took his remains and a few weeks later I received a phone call from the local funeral home. They had his ashes for me. We then had a celebration of life, knowing that he has passed and he was helping someone else. Thank you.


The process was made very simple…


Thank you for the wonderful care you gave my family during our mom’s sudden passing. The process was made very simple and was handled with great care. We received the remains back yesterday and they were delivered directly to me something I greatly appreciate.


You have made every painful step of this loss, a little easier…


Thank you. It has been some time since my mom donated her body to Science Care (my brother and I did, actually). Her living will and wishes were to be a donor. From the first call I made to you, until the last card that you sent me, a year after her death, that a tree had been planted in her name with an invitation…you (all of you), have made every painful step of this loss, a little easier. My dad, also decided that he was going to arrange for you to tend to his donor wishes, upon his death. That will make it just a bit easier for the rest of us. Thank you, for all you are doing.


My mother always said she wanted to “be donated to science”…


For many years my mother always said she wanted to “be donated to science when I die”. I know I spent many years thinking, well, she’s not going anytime in the near future, and there was NO way I was going to do that with her once that became an option. Then she was diagnosed with a “very rare” cancer. She was given a year long death sentence…and passed 4 months in. I’ve spent many moons thinking that if it’s so rare a cancer, why isn’t there more research, more studies, more AWARENESS?
My mom passed away 3 weeks ago today. She was donated, per her request, and with my consent. There are many reasons that Science care was the perfect choice for her and for I. Mom gets to continue on in her helping of the medical community. She carries on through her donation. Science Care handled everything for me, which, as an only child, would have been even more overwhelming for me, at a time when I could not handle any further stress.

Yesterday I received my VERY special package from Science Care. I can’t begin to express my gratitude for all that Science Care has done for myself and my mother. I could not have afforded all the other costs associated with a funeral; I could not imagine my mother in a grave, under the ground…and she did not want that, and Science Care made it possible to carry out my mothers wishes, with no expense to me.

I look forward to the letter that will tell me of how my mother helps the medical community, and I hope that following the planting of her tree in October 2014 that I am able to go to that tree someday, to visit, to see the rebirth and regrowth of my mom…
Thank you Science Care for making all of my mom’s dreams come true in her passing. I know it would be just what she wanted, which means the world to me.
Maybe one day [in the distant future I hope] I will follow her footsteps.


I am a Unitarian Universalist and very interested in saving the earth…


I am a Unitarian Universalist and very interested in saving the earth. With our growing population we must not continue in building more cemeteries. We are living in a wonderful age where science can work side by side with technology….why not give your body to science? Let training doctors have the bodies with which to work. I believe our bodies have can have more to tell than we ever can tell in words. And we have more to give than we can ever know.

I made this decision in 1993. I discussed with my children and they agreed with me. I carry my science care card in a prominent place in my billfold, my partner knows, my children know, my doctor knows, my local hospital knows. This is right for me. I am satisfied with my decision. There are other people out there, that because of religious dogmas cannot make this decisions, but think about it……..isn’t it the right thing to do? Isn’t it as important recycling, saving water, saving energy, stopping pollution and so forth?

Donate your body to Science Care and live on in the world. I personally want to be grit for a bird!


Thank you for providing such a wonderful source for a family to go to…


Like us I hope people take the time to discuss it all together. My father donated his body after a family meeting where we all discussed this as a possibility and each individual was there to make up his or her mind. After his death the body was picked up and taken to your center. Later, we held a beautiful memorial service and all of his eight children were in attendance. It was lovely and a very crowded service. After the ashes were returned to us, we had them interred in the VA cemetery that was lovely also. The experience was all good, and to think you might be able to help others after your demise is a wonderful thing, and a tree being planted in his honor, well that just helps the earth!

My mother was in hospice care and decided she wanted to donate her body to science…


Hospice helped get things going. My mother felt by donating her body to science, if one thing was learned or even one life saved -it was worth it and she wanted to do it. It was a very easy process and in a short few weeks her remains were returned to us. Thank you for this service. It was easy and simple.

When my brother was diagnosed with Stage 4 esophageal cancer…


…at age 51, he was not given many options for treatment and the prognosis was not good. He decided that because he had been healthy throughout his life, until this diagnosis that he wanted to help others benefit from anything that could be learned from donating his body to science. Because the cancer had been so aggressive and was taking his life so quickly, he was glad to have time to make this decision and die knowing that he could possibly be benefiting mankind through his death.

Science Care was a wonderful organization to work with and made everything so easy. They were extremely supportive and answered every question with patience. That means a lot when you are making a decision like this in a very difficult time. I know that my brother would make the same decision all over again. Thank you Science Care for being such a wonderful team of professionals and remembering that you are dealing with human beings.


I work in the field of organ, tissue and eye donation…


…and while I speak with donor families everyday I became one of those donor families all too soon. My Mom was able to donate her corneas for transplant and the rest of her body to research and training. Everyday it makes me proud of what my Mom was able to accomplish and knowing that she did more in her death than most do in their entire life brings a peace to her passing. “Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.” W. Somerset Maugham. Thank you for all that you do and for the difference that you continue to make in the world.

I know donor tissue is used to restore the health of the living…


Being useful, even in death, is a good thing. It is a great way of giving back to society.

My mother spoke often of her desire…


…to donate her body to science. It gives me great comfort and peace of mind to know that this wish was achieved in such a caring manner. Thank you Science Care for making this such a smooth process.

When I started this letter yesterday after receiving your survey, it brought a flood of tears…


…and memories to the surface that, apparently, I really needed to “feel”. Writing this letter and remembering your kindness and God’s faithfulness to bring you to me at that very moment have somehow lifted the darkness I was feeling. It is amazing how remembering your kindness in my crisis feels so very comforting even now! Be assured, it is something that I will never forget!

I found your phone number online, and when I called, a warm, caring voice answered…


The young lady I spoke with asked me a few questions to make sure my husband was a candidate for your program, all in a very gentle, comforting way, as she expressed her condolences for my impending loss. I called twice more and each person I talked with demonstrated the same genuine care and concern and spoke to me with tremendous respect and gratitude for our decision to trust Science Care. I cannot tell you what a comfort it was to me in that hour, to feel so cared for by your staff with such gentle kindness. It was enough that Science Care had already removed the impossible financial burden that had stood in the way of my honoring my husband’s final wish to be a donor! And yet, you cared for me, too!

My husband always made it clear that if anything catastrophic should happen to him, he wanted to be a donor…


Sadly, he suffered an aneurysm in February. The effect of the strokes were severe and the damage was irreparable. He recovered just enough to be able to communicate that he wanted to be taken off life support and allowed “to go”. It was a very difficult time for me. Although I knew his desire to be a donor, neither of us had looked into the matter in the event of his death. Our Hospice only knew of one local university who would take his body for medical science, but the cost involved was beyond my financial reach. The man at the university ultimately referred me to Science Care.

Your people were wonderful…


It all went so smoothly and was absolutely as my wife envisioned it years ago when we signed up with you.

Everyone was sympathetic and caring…


Science Care made this as easy as it could possibly be. Thank you so much.

Today, for the first time in weeks, I actually feel okay…


All I can say is: From my heart to yours, thank you for all you have done for me and my husband; and for your continuing efforts to advance healthcare and improve patient quality of life through the work that you do.

My mother-in-law just passed away in July…


We were so impressed with the care given by the men who came and picked her up. We have been so impressed by the telephone correspondence we have had since that time. My wife and I would like to contribute to the cause of medical research when we pass away as well.

I appreciated how simple the whole process was and the extreme kindness…


…and compassion that EVERYONE expressed. It made a very difficult situation much easier to bear.

Thank you for your kindness…


…and assistance during such a devastating time for my family.

I can’t even express the help and respect we got from your staff…


This is a very much needed program. I am thankful you were all there for us. Both of our parents donated to Science Care.

My father’s ashes were handled with the utmost care when being returned to us…


…and that was a big peace of mind to my mother. This was certainly something that greatly impacted not only immediate family but friends as well. I know my father’s choice to donate will carry on through the rest of us.

My sister and I were proud of Mom to be a donor as this had been discussed by all of us years back…


We have found the perfect way to contribute and relieved to know we’ll be cared for by caring people. It will take such unwanted stress away from my family. Thank you for everything!

The service of your organization…


…is a blessing at a difficult time!

Your professionalism was so kind, helpful and very caring…


We couldn’t have asked for anything better.

My mother donated her body when she passed from cancer…


I was truly impressed with the staff and the respect and care that not only my mother was given, but also our family. This is a wonderful opportunity. Thank You.

My father passed away yesterday. We are, as we speak, going thru the process with Science Care…


We learned of my father’s wishes only a couple of weeks ago, and were pleased with his decision. Although this is a tough time for our family, we believe the benefits are great and many. He made this decision, based on very little “medical knowledge”, because he always wanted to help people out. This was his final gift to total strangers, just the kind of man he always was. Please learn and grow from the gift he gave to mankind.

My husband passed away at the age of 48. He had registered with our state for organ donation [for transplant]…


In our personal conversations, he told me he wanted to be donated to science [also]. It was a wonderful thought but nothing I believed could actually be done without a great deal of red tape. Upon his passing, I told the hospital staff of his wishes. By that evening, I received a phone call from one of your representatives. I never knew such an organization existed to facilitate these things, let alone have it taken care of so professionally. We emailed and faxed forms back and forth. The whole donation process was extremely efficient and timely. It was very comforting to know the process after it was patiently explained to me by your Family Services Associates. It was comforting to know they really did care about treating my husband’s remains with respect and dignity. We have now had friends register with Science Care, also. What a wonderful thing! I feel as if my husband, in his passing, and me in my relaying the details of my interaction with you and your process, have “paid it forward”, in a way. I am also going to register for donation. Thank you for all you did in such a difficult time.

All of the Science Care employees have been very kind and helpful…


It was a confusing time for me and they all made it easier.

A Family Services Associate called me on a Sunday afternoon just to check and see how I was doing…


This kind act was very much appreciated and unexpected!

Everyone I dealt with was exceedingly kind and helpful in every way…


I felt privileged and grateful to be able to have my husband treated with so much love and respect. It helped me to accept his passing in a more positive light than just my loss.

I was very impressed with how concerned the Science Care Staff…


…was and all the follow up calls after my loved one was donated.

Everyone I dealt with treated the family with the utmost respect…


I would like to thank everyone for giving my dad the dignity and respect he deserved at the end of his life.

Your services are of exceptional…


…quality and I thank you so much.

I just want to say that during our difficult time, your company was extremely polite, courteous and professional…


Thank you so much for treating my brother’s remains with respect. As a scientist himself, we know that this is exactly how he would have wanted things handled. From our whole family, thank you!!

Everyone was so kind, efficient and caring…


I am singing your praises to everyone I know.

Everyone was very kind and respectful…


My husband and I will both be using your service. At least this way we can give something back for our time here on earth.

Everyone I spoke with was courteous and professional while dealing with details…


…yet were always aware that they were talking to someone who had lost a loved one. They made a difficult situation as easy as possible. Thank you.

Each and every one I spoke to was very professional, but at the same time very comforting…


I felt everything was done with promptness and dignity which meant so much to our family. We are all so proud of our son for wanting to help others. Thank you.

Everyone I spoke to was so helpful and kind. My life was a blur during this painful time…


I don’t know what I would have done without your help and guidance. You were my lifeline through all of this. You are so appreciated, more than you know. This was something he greatly believed in to help others. Words cannot thank you enough for what you did for my family and me.

At this terrible time in my life, I felt all the people at Science Care…


…were very thoughtful and helpful with every question. Since I am also donating my body, it is good to know how it will be handled so I can prepare my family. Thank you!