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How to I prearrange to donate my own body upon death? 

Amanda Lisk

Q. How to I prearrange to donate my own body upon death? I Have no family that is close to be liable for me. I have no will, funeral arrangements, insurance, nor money. Would like to fill a form for myself donation. Please advise.

A. Medcure.org covers all expenses related to a whole-body donation to their organization, which would be used for medical research. Call 1-886-560-2525 or email them at donate@medcure.org for more information. A donor eligibility screening is and registration process is required. Medcure makes all transportation arrangements from the place of death at no cost to the donor or family. All expenses are covered by Medcure if accepted.

In North Carolina, willed body donation programs are at the four medical schools; UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, East Carolina and Wake Forest. However they each have more stringent rules. UNC’s School of Medicine for example requires families to pay for transportation:  https://www.med.unc.edu/ome/academicaffairs/body-donation-lab-support/body-donation

And here’s Duke’s long list of body donation requirements:


For an overview of body donations, visit the Commission of Anatomy site:


The Commission of Anatomy was established in 1975 by the N.C. General Assembly to actually make sure a sufficient number of human bodies were donated for the study of anatomy in the state of North Carolina. The Commission also oversees the disposition of unclaimed bodies.



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Barbara Ramey

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