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The Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Law (368 of 1978, Article 10, Part 101) authorizes individuals to will their bodies, or parts thereof, after death to a hospital; accredited medical school, dental school, college or university; organ procurement organization; or other appropriate person; for research or education.
The three universities in Michigan that have medical schools are Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University. All are designated to receive bodies, and donations may be made to any of these schools.
Be aware that you may incure donation expenses if the university requires donor families to hire the services of a funeral director for transportation, paperwork, etc., as explained below.
For more information on each program, click on the following links:
The price of donation
Families of donors should be aware of the specific transportation requirements mandated by their chosen donor organization.
In most cases, WSU will retrieve the body for free or the family may be able to provide their own transportation.
MSU and U-M require all transfers to be handled by a licensed funeral home. This service will be listed on the general price list as Anatomical Donation. According to FCIS’s funeral home price survey, charges for anatomical donation range from $550 to $1,950 – for the same services rendered.
The Michigan Eye-Bank is a division of Midwest Eye-Banks, a charitable, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of sight. They recover, evaluate and distribute human eye tissue for transplantation.
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Funeral Consumers Information Society, also known as FCIS, is a volunteer-run nonprofit dedicated to helping Michiganians make dignified, meaningful and affordable funeral arrangements since 1961.
In 2006, our mission expanded to advocate for the re-establishment of family rights in after-death care, including family-led home funerals, and to foster sustainable environmental practices, such as green burial, in the state.
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