Final Rights

Reclaiming the American Way of Death


There are no medical schools in Alaska. Consider one in Washington state (below) factoring in the time required for transportation.

University of Washington
WWAMI/Basic Medical Education
PO Box 643510
Morrill Hall Room 108
Pullman, WA 99164-3510


High need
Cost to family: transportation outside eastern WA or northern ID
Prior enrollment: preferred
Over-enrollment: shared
Disposition: cremation; return of cremains by request to funeral home or cemetery only
Body rejection: standard,* previous embalming, obesity, emaciation, distorting cancer, minor children

* autopsy, decomposition, mutilation, severe burn victim, meningitis, hepatitis, AIDS, and other contagious or communicable diseases

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