Cremation At No Cost to Your Family

Body donation to science is one of the most compassionate funeral alternatives available. When you are accepted as a body donor with our program, Science Care handles all of the expenses associated with the donation.
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Cremation Costs: Comparing 4 Options

With the rising costs of final arrangements, body donation to science can be a real blessing for family members. Although cremation prices can vary dramatically around the country, the estimates below may help you in your decision about which option is right for you and your loved ones.

Please note that Science Care only offers free cremation for accepted body donors. All other cremation options below are suggested for education only.

Cremation with Body Donation to Science

When you choose body donation to science with Science Care, cremation is offered at no cost to you or your loved ones, plus:
Transportation from the location of passing
Return of cremated remains not matched with a current Science Care program
Filing of the death certificate

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Body donation is very time sensitive, and Science Care is unable to facilitate donation if the passing happened more than five days ago.

Not all states are eligible.
Most people meet the criteria for donation with Science Care, including those with cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. Certain conditions such as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B or C, extremely high or low body mass index (BMI), or the state of passing could exclude donation.

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Additional Cremation Options not Provided by Science Care

Cremation with traditional service

Pays for staff services, transfer fees, embalming, body preparation, funeral service, casket rental, vehicle rental, and cremation.
Not offered by Science Care

Cremation with memorial service

$2,500 - $4,000
Often cheaper than cremation with traditional service option, as there is no casket and no embalming charges.
Not offered by Science Care

Cremation without ceremony

$700 - $1,200
After body donation to science (which includes cremation at no cost), this low-cost cremation option is the most affordable.
Not offered by Science Care


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The people I worked with at Science Care were extremely nice and sensitive to my feelings. The fact that you paid for everything, including transportation to the mortuary, was a huge burden lifted off of me and my family.
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