Final Rights

Reclaiming the American Way of Death


Northwestern College of Chiropractic
2501 W. 84th St.
Bloomington, MN 55431
Does not accept cadaver donation.
University of Minnesota
Bequest Program
3-005 Nils Hasselmo Hall
312 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0215


Moderate need
Cost to family: none; school transports within the state
Prior enrollment: preferred
Over-enrollment: not shared
Disposition: cremation; return of cremains by request
Body rejection: standard,* obesity, over-enrollment

Mayo Clinic

Stabile 9-38
200 First St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905


Moderate to high need
Cost to family: transportation beyond 200 miles
Prior enrollment: preferred
Over-enrollment: shared
Disposition: resomation1; return of “ashes” by request
Body rejection: standard,* over-enrollment, obesity, emaciation

The Department of Anatomy at Mayo Clinic implemented resomation, a method of chemical cremation, in February of 2006. This method is based on a chemical reaction known as alkaline hydrolysis. This reaction is similar to physiological reactions of protein degradation occurring naturally in every cell of our body. This reaction converts proteins, nucleic acids and lipids in all tissues and cells of the body into aqueous solution of small peptides, amino acids, sugars and soaps. The marble-white ashes that remain as a final product from chemical cremation include mineral compounds such as calcium and phosphates of bones. The chemical cremation process is environmentally friendly. Since alkaline hydrolysis is not a combustion process, it does not produce toxic gases or other environmental pollutants.

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