Medical students peek at their cadaver after a dedication and blessing ceremony honoring those who have donated their bodies for medical education at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine. Scott Strazzante/ Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images When it comes to death, things are changing in the United States. It used to be that traditional casket burials were the norm almost without exception. These days, about half of those in the United States are buried, while cremation rates have risen from 4 percent to the roughly 50 percent we see now. But that’s not the only change we’re seeing about end-of-life decisions. Donating your body to science — or more specifically, research and education — is becoming a more popular option for many Americans, as the Associated Press reports. U.S. medical schools have reported significant increases in body donations. Science Care, the world’s largest accredited body donation program, has seen donations double since 2010, according to the program’s vice president of donor services, Melinda Ellsworth. Brandi Schmitt, the director of anatomical services at the University of California, reports a 6 percent increase across their five-campus program during the last few years. “I suspect that it correlates to population age demographics,” she… Read full this story
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