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Making The Decision To Donate Your Body

Before making the decision to donate your body to science, there a few things you should research first. Here’s a quick list to go over if you find the idea of body donation appealing.

Decide who you want to be the recipient of your body:

Before donating, do some research on the various institutions that accept body donations. For peace of mind, make sure the agency is accredited; the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) ensures that your remains will be handled with respect and in accordance with medical standards. Also, since you are donating make sure the organization you have chosen does not ask you to pay for expenses. For many people, donation is not only attractive because their body will be doing something progressive after they die, but it also cuts out the cost of burial or cremation. Find a place that provides transportation of your body and cremation costs with no charge to your family.


Alzheimer’s Impact

In Recognition of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month – November

Today, more than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, with almost two-thirds of Alzheimer’s patients being women. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the disease is responsible for approximately 500,000 deaths annually. This number is expected to increase dramatically as the baby boom generation ages. It is estimated that the cost to Medicare and Medicaid associated with Alzheimer’s care and other forms of dementia is 150 billion.


Organ Donation vs. Whole Body Donation: Can You Do Both?

As the leading accredited whole body donation program in the United States, we are often asked the question as to whether or not a person can choose to be both an organ donor and a whole body donor. The simple answer is YES.

With the Science Care whole body donor program, most often individuals can be BOTH organ donors for transplant purposes as well as whole body donors for medical research and education. Organ donation for transplant takes first priority due to its inherent life-saving nature.


Care Giving – Understanding Osteoporosis

In recognition of “Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week”, we wanted to bring attention to one of the most common forms of bone disease – “Osteoporosis”

So what exactly is Osteoporosis?

One of the most common forms of bone and joint disease is osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a bone disease which causes bones to lose density and weaken, making it easier for them to break or fracture. In many cases, the disease goes undiagnosed until a fracture occurs. In the U.S., it is estimated that some 40 million people either have osteoporosis or are at risk of getting it due to having low bone density. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), osteoporosis contributes to an estimated 11 million bone fractures among Americans each year.


How to Donate Your Body to Science

The question of whole body donation often arises when people are making end of life decisions. People who suffer from or have lost loved ones to debilitating diseases often consider whole body donation as a way to ease future suffering of others. Body donation is also considered by those who have personally benefited from medical research or advances enabled by the donation of others.


Losing a Sibling: A Different Kind of Grief

A child’s loss of a parent or a parent’s loss of a child leads to immeasurable grief over generational loss. Loss of a sibling creates a particular kind of “horizontal” grief in which shared histories and futures are fractured, creating uncertainties and insecurities that are often unacknowledged or misunderstood. As a result, surviving siblings may suffer from of long-term depression. Because of this, surviving siblings are often called “forgotten mourners.”


Free Cremation in California

Let’s face it…cost is a factor when considering final arrangements.  Between rising costs of living, health care costs, long term care expenses and reducing retirment savings…there are many folks in California that are considering cremation as a practical and lower cost option to traditional funerals with burial.  The rate of cremation in the state is already over 50% and by 2020 the entire country is expected to exceed that rate.


Organ and Whole Body Donation – How Do I Choose?

Good news! You don’t have to choose.


You can register to be both an organ donor and a whole body donor. There is great need for both kinds of donation for different reasons.

The choice to register as an organ donor is inspired by the knowledge that an individual’s life can be saved through the transplant of a single organ.  Each day, about 79 people receive organ transplants. But 18 people die each day waiting for transplants due to the shortage of donated organs.

Organ donation can save up to 8 lives and change the lives of more than 50 people on several long waiting lists.


Free Cremation in Florida

Cremation costs less than a traditional burial, but the average cost of cremation is still pretty high, up to $2500 when cremation, basic funeral services and transportation of your loved one are calculated in. Costs of cremation can be especially high in densely populated areas such as Florida.


California Cremation

Zero Cost California Cremation Supports Life

NBC columnist and creator of, Jim Miller, reports that a traditional funeral averages $10,000. today.  Cremation costs can run as high as $3000. California cremation is no exception.

Whole body donation to science is an alternative to traditional cremation. Science Care offers zero cost cremation with whole body donation. Science Care donors choose to support life by helping to advance medical training and knowledge that can save lives and improve the welfare of patients.


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