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Postmortem planning 
21st-Sep-2009 07:46 am
Figuring shit out
I'm sure someone knows this -

Is it possible to donate organs and then also donate your body for partial dissection? I know not whole dissections, because I wouldn't have a heart anymore, say. But brain? Spine? Do they do that? Or is it just whole-cadaver or nothing? Because I really want to benefit the maximum number of people.

Either ways, bits or all of me get donated. And my original plan was to have what's left after dissection cremated, and give a little bit of me to everyone who wants some, to disperse in their very favorite place - but I am now very interested in the pencil thing; instead of just sprinkling my ashes, write something with me.
21st-Sep-2009 11:59 am (UTC)

If you scroll down, it says that organ donation takes priority and they take the rest.
21st-Sep-2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
21st-Sep-2009 12:30 pm (UTC)
The pencil idea is so awesome, and so fitting for you -- maybe you could donate whatever you can and have a few pencils made out of the rest?

*bookmarks the pencil page for later reading*
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21st-Sep-2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
wow. I don't have any tattoos. but I would get one if my brother dies before me now. thank you for this idea.
21st-Sep-2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
In Sweden, they're freezing the body in carbonite liquid nitrogen, then smashing it to dust. The upshot is that the really beneficial parts of you didn't go up the flue, so you can fertilize the ground you walked on, and it's not adding carbon to the atmosphere.
21st-Sep-2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
First off, awesome that you are already planning this, because so few people do. May I also suggest forming Advanced Directives and possibly designating Power of Attorney to make sure that your wishes are carried out. I know it seems like an extra step, but after working in the medical field and going through the end of life transition with 3 grandparents, I have seen how necessary these things are.

Thant said, there are TONS of options that allow you to both donate organs AND donate your body to science. Those listed above are great, but also consider plastination (have you seen Body Worlds? so awesome).

21st-Sep-2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
I've considered plastination, but I want organ donation to be a priority, and I think they're incompatible....
21st-Sep-2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
Not so! You can specify that organ donation take place prior to plastination. If you have noticed, not all the models are complete, some show only certain systems of the body and some are simply parts, a smoker's lungs for example. From the website:

Are there conditions for donating my body?

A few conditions must be met for a donation, but there are not as many as you might think:

The age of the body being donated does not matter. On the one hand, the shape of the organs does not vary much with age, and on the other hand, medical students will probably have to treat patients of all ages when they are qualified physicians.

It is also possible to be a regular organ donor in addition to donating your body for Plastination. Donating an organ can save lives and is therefore always given priority over donating a body.

The presence of a disease is not generally detrimental to donating your body; after all, medical students must learn to recognize these conditions. The differences between organs from one body to the next are essential for proper anatomical training, and this is where genuine, permanent specimens truly have an advantage over artificial models.

Amputated limbs also do not represent an obstacle to becoming a body donor.

source: http://www.koerperspende.de/en/body_donation/faq.html
21st-Sep-2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
I'll put it back on the list!
21st-Sep-2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
You can donate different parts to different things. If you only donate parts to dissection, they probably arent going to be dissected by med students, but may be dissected and mounted to be observed and learned from.

If you donate your whole body to be dissected, when the med school is finished (usually 1 yr or 2) all your body parts (each specific body had a specific bucket where any tissue removed is put into) will be cremated and then given to your next of kin.
21st-Sep-2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
I want to donate what I can, and although it's probably better to be used for science, I really want a green burial; I want to fertilize trees and grass and stuff.

The comments on that pencil site are so very obviously by people who have never heard of you. I'd've never thought of that but for you it really suits.
21st-Sep-2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Oooh. That's a neat idea.

Though, with the level of health I'm at, I probably will stick with donating my body to a body farm, so people can use my body to learn forensics.
21st-Sep-2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
There you go, spreading yourself too thin, again. ;)
21st-Sep-2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
I just thought of 'Song Paste. My brainmeats hate me.
21st-Sep-2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
Ha! Well, it'll be the last time I do. ;)
25th-Sep-2009 12:57 am (UTC)
I know in the UK you can donate your brain and spinal cord for MS research - and they are crying out for people who do not have MS to do so for comparison purposes. I have pledged mine. I am not allowed to donate my organs or blood in the UK due to the MS which pisses me off. I am sure there are similar schemes in the US for MS research (and others).
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