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

Famous folks die too


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


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.

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:

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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”

Tour The Body Farm

Body Bequeathing

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

Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (2006) Revised/Amended 2008

Sam Houston State University Forensic Science Facility                                  

The Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX

The Western Carolina Human Identification Laboratory on the Western Carolina University campus

UK – Site listing forensic anthropology programs such as Bournemouth University & Dundee University

Organ Donation

Donate Life America

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


Gift of Life Donor Program

The official U.S. government web site for organ and tissue donation

UK – Transplant – NHSBT – Organ Donation

Direct Disposition

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The National Association of Attorneys General

UK – What to do after a death – England, Wales and Northern Ireland


Final Passages  !!!
(note: was originally listed as

The Funeral Consumers Alliance- state laws

Keep Your DNA – Marshall University Science Center

UK – Article: How to Obtain DNA Testing – Pros & Cons


Traditional Care

The Funeral Consumers Alliance- all aspects of funeral regulation  !!!

How to Plan A Funeral

How to Plan an Affordable Funeral

UK – How to plan a funeral


CBS News report “Ted Williams Frozen In Two Pieces: Meant To Be Frozen In Time; Head Decapitated, Cracked, DNA Missing”

Photo courtesy of the Cryonics Institute

The Alcor Life Extension Foundation

UK – Alcor

The American Cryonics Society

The Cryonics Society

UK – Cryonics

Cryonics Meetup Groups