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Final Rights

Reclaiming the American Way of Death

Massachusetts

Boston University School of Medicine
73 E. Concord St,. L 1004
Boston, MA 02118

617-638-4245
After hours: 638-4144

www.bumc.bu.edu/anatneuro/anatomical-gifts/

Urgent need
Cost to family: none; school pays for transportation within the six New England states
Prior enrollment: preferred
Over-enrollment: shared
Disposition: cremation; return of cremains by request
Body rejection: standard,* previous embalming, missing body parts


Anatomical Gift Program

Harvard Medical School
Tosteson Medical Education Center 158
260 Longwood Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

617-432-1735
After hours: 432-1379

https://agp.hms.harvard.edu/

High level of need
Cost to family: school pays a stipend toward transportation within state
Prior enrollment: preferred
Over-enrollment: hasn’t occurred
Disposition: return of the body at the expense of the family or cremation, return of cremains by request
Body rejection: standard,* previous embalming


Tufts University School of Medicine

136 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02111

617-636-0837
After hours: 636-6610

www.tufts.edu/med/anatomy/anatomical-gift.htm

Moderate need
Cost to family: school pays a stipend toward transportation within the state
Prior enrollment: required
Over-enrollment: shared
Disposition: cremation; return of cremains by request
Body rejection: standard,* previous embalming, missing body parts


University of Mass. Medical School

55 Lake Ave. N.
Worcester, MA 01605-2397

508-856-2460 24 hrs.

www.umassmed.edu/anatomicalgiftprogram/index.aspx

Always a need
Cost to family: none; school pays for transportation within the state
Prior enrollment: required
Over-enrollment: shared
Disposition: cremation; return of cremains by request
Body rejection: standard,* previous embalming, missing body parts* autopsy, decomposition, mutilation, severe burn victim, meningitis, hepatitis, AIDS, and other contagious or communicable diseases, obesity, emaciation

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One Response to “Massachusetts”

  1. elizabeth brennan says:

    Both Harvard and Dartmouth Medical Center refused my mother’s body on the day of her death leaving me with no other option but to have her body removed to the local funeral home. It is costing $1760 for the most basic cremation. It will take me forever to pay for it. I think that the funeral business in this country is a racket.

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