Which end of life option is right for you and your loved ones? Burial Funeral, Cremation, University Donation, Live Organ Donation, or Body Donation to Science

Each day, potential donors ask us about the differences between burial, cremation, university donation, organ donation, and body donation to science.  We certainly understand the need to know the difference, as it is a very important choice to make.  Here at Science Care, we only coordinate body donation to science.  But the truth of the matter is, donating your body to science may not be the best fit for you. READ MORE

Age Related Muscle Loss

Tips to Slow Down Age-Related Muscle Loss

Let’s face it, as we age our bodies start to break down and one way that happens is through loss of muscle mass, strength and function. For most of us, loss of muscle starts happening in our 30’s and although the rate of decline varies from person to person, experts believe that we may lose anywhere between 3 and 5 percent of muscle mass each decade.READ MORE

Funeral Homes

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, go here.

Heat Stroke

The Hidden Dangers of Heat Stroke

With the summer season now upon us, it’s important for anyone planning to spend time in the great outdoors to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat stroke and the potential danger associated with this very serious condition.  But before we dive deeper into the dangers of heat stroke, let’s first get a better understanding of what heat stroke is. READ MORE

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