Chapter One Links
Knocking on Heaven’s Door:
The First Thing You Do…

Do you want Igor stealing your body parts like he did in the movie Young Frankenstein? Wouldn’t you rather have a say about where your parts will go???

UK friends: website descriptions that are specific to the UK are in green text.

Preface Links

If you know you’re going to die but don’t like to think about it – which pretty much means everybody – these links are just what the Grim Reaper ordered.
Let’s get started …

UK – Tired of the same old coffins

http://www.crazycoffins.co.uk/

Famous folks die too 

http://www.celebritydeathbeeper.com/

 

Did You Know…

Organs cannot be stored and must be used within hours of removing them from the donor’s body so time is of the essence.

Signing a Uniform Donor Card or noting your choice on your driver’s license is the first step but this does not guarantee that your organs will be donated.

What if you die and no one can find your wallet? Or, in the UK, no one checks theOrgan Donation Register, the national database?

It’s important to have your wishes written down and to let your family know –  hospitals will ask next of kin for permission. 

Natural burial at The White Eagle Memorial Preserve allows the body at death to rejoin the elements that gave it birth, to use what remains of a life to regenerate new life. Here a grave is lined with a herringbone pattern of sage. Photo courtesy of The White Eagle Memorial Preserve http://naturalburialground.com/

 

Notes & Updates

If you are considering donating your body to science ( a very good thing to do) you should know that the whole body parts industry is not well regulated and body “chop shops” abound.  For more about this practice, follow the link to Lisa Carlson’s Funeral Ethics Organization Fall 2004 newsletter. http://www.funeralethics.org/newsletter

NOTE For anatomical donation of a body to science – one can no longer choose the medical school or facility who will work with the body.  ALl body donations MUST go through The Virginia State Anatomical Program.  Herer is the link:  http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/medical-examiner/vsap/

If a link is broken, please let me know by sending an email to information@deathforbeginners.com

The websites for goods and services are offered for your interest and exploration. The the act of posting them here is not an endorsement. There are some “goods and services” sites with whom I have had positive interaction and these sites are noted by the following: !!!

Interesting article and a new way of disposition. “A Burial Machine That Will Freeze Your Corpse, Vibrate It to Dust, and Turn It Into Soil”  http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/a-burial-machine-that-will-freeze-your-corpse-vibrate-it-to-dust-and-turn-it-into-soil?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=atlas-page

Tour The Body Farm


Body Bequeathing

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSDCiOW81mk

Anatomy Gifts Registry (AGR)
I’ve chosen to remove the link
please be aware that the body might be segmented into parts

The Forensic Anthropology Center, The University of Tennessee
http://web.utk.edu/~anthrop/index.htm

Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (2006) Revised/Amended 2008
http://www.ncbcenter.org/page.aspx?pid=1323

Sam Houston State University Forensic Science Facility                                            http://www.cjcenter.org/stafs/index.html

The Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX
http://www.txstate.edu/anthropology/facts/

The Western Carolina Human Identification Laboratory on the Western Carolina University campus
http://www.wcu.edu/academics/departments-schools-colleges/cas/casdepts/anthsoc/academic-programs/foranth/western-carolina-human-identification-laboratory.asp

UK – Site listing forensic anthropology programs such as Bournemouth University & Dundee University http://www.forensicanthro.com/education.html


Organ Donation

Donate Life America
http://donatelife.net

Life Source Organ and Tissue Donation this link is broken – use link below:

http://www.life-source.org/donation/

 

Gift of Life Donor Program  http://www.donors1.org/learn2/religion/

The official U.S. government web site for organ and tissue donation
http://www.organdonor.gov/

UK – Transplant – NHSBT – Organ Donation
http://www.uktransplant.org.uk/ukt/

Direct Disposition

The Brain That Wouldn’t  Die YouTube movie trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYebuwQ8RPw&eurl=http{65226dd25397ea8385a173dd37c27371e1be72aff4798c02dcfb80b8a82d7df1}3A{65226dd25397ea8385a173dd37c27371e1be72aff4798c02dcfb80b8a82d7df1}2F{65226dd25397ea8385a173dd37c27371e1be72aff4798c02dcfb80b8a82d7df1}2Fwww.facebook.com{65226dd25397ea8385a173dd37c27371e1be72aff4798c02dcfb80b8a82d7df1}2Finbox{65226dd25397ea8385a173dd37c27371e1be72aff4798c02dcfb80b8a82d7df1}2Freadmessage.php{65226dd25397ea8385a173dd37c27371e1be72aff4798c02dcfb80b8a82d7df1}3Ft{65226dd25397ea8385a173dd37c27371e1be72aff4798c02dcfb80b8a82d7df1}3D1045479621281&feature=player_embedded

The National Association of Attorneys General
http://www.naag.org/

UK – What to do after a death – England, Wales and Northern Ireland
http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/index/family_parent/family/what_to_do_after_a_death.htm


Self-service

Final Passages  !!!
www.finalpassages.org
(note: was originally listed as www.naturaldeathcare.org)

The Funeral Consumers Alliance- state laws
http://www.funerals.org/forconsumersmenu/your-legal-rights

Keep Your DNA – Marshall University Science Center
http://forensics.marshall.edu/DNA/default.html

UK – Article: How to Obtain DNA Testing – Pros & Cons
http://www.exploredna.co.uk/obtaining-your-dna-testing.html

 

Traditional Care


The Funeral Consumers Alliance- all aspects of funeral regulation  !!!
http://www.funerals.org/

How to Plan A Funeral
EHow.com/how_3455_funeral.html

How to Plan an Affordable Funeral
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/alpha-consumer/2007/10/17/how-to-plan-an-affordable-funeral.html

UK – How to plan a funeral
http://www.itc.co.uk/planningafuneral

Cryonics

CBS News report “Ted Williams Frozen In Two Pieces: Meant To Be Frozen In Time; Head Decapitated, Cracked, DNA Missing”
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/12/20/national/main533849.shtml

Photo courtesy of the Cryonics Institute
Cryonics.org

The Alcor Life Extension Foundation
http://www.alcor.org/index.html

UK – Alcor
http://www.alcor.org/AlcorUK.html

The American Cryonics Society
AmericanCryonics.org

The Cryonics Society
http://www.cryonicssociety.org/index.html

UK – Cryonics
http://www.cryonics.uk.com/

Cryonics Meetup Groups
http://cryonics.meetup.com/