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The death of the funeral: Will they be obsolete when millennials pass?

The way we approach death in our society is changing. Fewer people are opting for a traditional embalmed-body funeral, instead choosing informal and personal celebrations. More than half of all people now choose cremation over burial, up from just 28% in 2002. Part of this change is cost—with a traditional burial averaging $9,000, but there is more to it than that. People want the process to express their own values, which are more informal, less religious, and more environmentally conscious than past generations.


Many are now also considering donating their body to science. More than 140,000 people have pledged to donate their bodies through the world’s largest donate your body to science program, Science Care, with numbers rising every month. Part of this shift is a matter of cost, as donating your body to science is free, and many providers, such as Science Care, will return the donor’s ashes to loved ones within three to five weeks upon completion of the scientific and medical studies.


Donating your body to science also aligns closely with many of today’s cultural values:

  • Make the world a better place than we found it
  • Advance medical science by helping discover new treatments
  • Help those who are ill or suffering
  • Train doctors on new techniques
  • Reduce our environmental footprint
  • Provide medical research and training for current and future military service members


The shift in funeral practices is likely to accelerate, as Baby Boomers come to the end of their lives and Millennials reshape mainstream culture to their own circumstances and values. A recent Deloitte study, for example, shows Millennials have an average net worth of a mere $8,000 and are waiting longer to marry, have children, and buy their first homes – leaving them with limited income to plan for retirement and end-of-life. Add to that the continued decline in their attendance at religious services and a greater demand for relevance and authenticity, and it seems likely that traditional funeral may one day be a thing of the past.


For more information on how to pre-register to donate your body to science.

What Separates you from a body donor?

We’ve all heard of the term “six degrees of separation”, the theory that any person on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries. Well, the same concept applies to you and a body donor. Only in this case, the degree of separation is much less.READ MORE

Inside the Human Body. It’s Complicated!

Did you know that each adult human body is estimated to have more than 46 miles of nerves and over 60,000 miles of blood vessels? Or that the brain alone has approximately 100 billion nerve cells? Or that just one foot is made up of 38 bones, 30 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments which all have to work in unison just to allow us to walk?READ MORE

Hospice Heroes Program

How we honor the heroes in hospice

In recent years, the in-home care industry’s turnover rate has skyrocketed to 65.7 percent. One of the main reasons, according to a study from the Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, is hospice professionals are not receiving the emotional support they need to carry out their critical, yet exhausting work.


As the leader in whole body donation, Science Care is closely linked to the hospice industry, and sees firsthand the impact hospice organizations and professionals have on patients and their loved ones, not to mention the undeniable pressure and emotional burden experienced by those involved. As such, the company partners with hospice and healthcare networks across the country through its Hope Program to help terminally ill patients leave a lasting legacy through whole body donation.


Providing relief and peace of mind, the Hope Program offers no-cost pre-screening for patients in hospice care to know with certainty whether they meet current research criteria to donate their bodies prior to passing. As a result, the program not only provides peace of mind to the patient, but also to their family and healthcare provider that a plan is in place in the event of death. By immediately stepping in after the time of passing, Science Care lends comfort to the family while also alleviating the duties of the hospice professionals, so they can focus entirely on helping the family heal during such an emotionally devastating time.


To demonstrate its deep appreciation for hospice care professionals Science Care has proudly launched its first-ever Hospice Heroes Awards Program, which honors hospice professionals throughout the U.S. for their unwavering commitment to their emotionally taxing and complex vocation. The merit-based awards program calls upon hospice organizations and the friends and family of those who have had a loved one in hospice care to nominate individuals deserving to be recognized for their tireless and honorable work.


For more information on how to nominate the Hospice Hero in your life, visit Hospice Heroes Awards

Organization helping seniors – Honor Flight Network

Honor Flight Network is a national non-profit organization that recognizes American veterans for their sacrifices and achievements by flying them for free to Washington, D.C. to see their memorial, which may include either the WWII Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial or the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. For these veterans who are selected for the trip, seeing the memorial and reflecting on their experiences during the war is very emotional event which would not be possible without the help of the Honor Flight Network.

This trip is the only opportunity that many veterans will have to see their respective memorial. Especially those veterans who served in WWII. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII veterans die each day. For this reason, the Honor Flight Network gives top priority to World War II survivors, along with those other Veterans who may be terminally ill. Subsequent to the World War II veterans, efforts will then focus on our Korean War and then Vietnam War veterans, honoring them similarly. In fact, some Honor Flight hubs are now accepting applications from Korean and Vietnam Veterans.

The Honor Flight Network was co-founded in 2007 by Earl Morse, the son of a Korean and Vietnam War veteran, and Jeff Miller, a small business owner and son of a WWII veteran. Both men were concerned that WWII veterans would never get the chance visit the new memorial which opened to the public in 2004. In just over 10 years of existence, the Honor Flight Network has grown to encompass 140 regional hubs across the United States and has escorted more than 200,000 veterans to Washington D.C. at no cost to see their memorials.

If you are a Veteran (or close to someone who is) and would like to find out more about the Honor Flight Network or would like to fill out an application to participate in the program, please visit the Honor Flight Network website or call 937-521-2400.

Can Music Be Beneficial to Alzheimer’s Patients?

The answer is yes, according to numerous studies like this one recently published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry titled “Individualized Music Program is Associated with Improved Outcomes for U.S. Nursing Home Residents with Dementia.” Results of the study indicate that the Music &Memory individualized music program which was rolled out at 98 nursing homes, is associated with reductions in antipsychotic medication use, anxiolytic medication use, and BPSD (Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia) symptoms among long-stay nursing home residents with ADRD (Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias).READ MORE

Why I Joined Science Care

We probably would never have thought of donating our bodies to Science Care before a sad day in November, 2015.  Our 25 year old son, who had been struggling with depression, died by suicide.  He had been a scientist since the day he could walk and talk.  READ MORE

Shifting Trend Towards Cremation in the Funeral Home Industry

According to a recent article in, almost 1 in 2 Americans were cremated in 2015, surpassing burial rates for the first time. Time Magazine states that according to the Cremation Association of North America, the cremation rate for 2015 was almost 49% nationwide, compared with an estimated burial rate of 45%. This is quite amazing when you consider that just 35 years ago, the cremation rate stood at around 10%. READ MORE

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