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Final Rights

Reclaiming the American Way of Death

Texas

Willed Body Program
Texas A&M Health Science Center

College of Medicine
MS 1114
College Station, Texas 77843-1114

979-845-4914

http://medicine.tamhsc.edu/willed-body/

Moderate need
Cost to family: transport beyond 100 miles
Prior enrollment: preferred
Over-enrollment: shared
Disposition: cremation; return of cremains by request
Body rejection: standard*, obesity, emaciation, open wounds

 

Parker College of Chiropractic
Anatomical Gift Program
Department of Anatomy
2500 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, TX 75229

214-902-3473

www.parkercc.edu/Chiropractic.aspx?id=241

Moderate need
Cost to family: none within state
Prior enrollment: preferred but not equired
Over-enrollment: not happened
Disposition: cremation; return of cremains by request
Body rejection: standard*, obesity, emaciation, open wounds

 

Willed Body Program
UT Southwestern Medical Center

5323 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75390-9143

214- 648-2221 or 888-905-9991

www.utsouthwestern.edu/utsw/home/pcpp/ willedbody/

214-648-2221

High need
Cost to family: none within state
Prior enrollment: preferred but not required
Over-enrollment: shared with permission
Disposition: cremation; return of cremains by request
Body rejection: standard*, jaundice, dementia, obesity, emaciation, contracture, open wounds, embalming

 

University of North Texas
Health Science Center, FTW
Dept. of Anatomy, 2-202
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Ft. Worth, TX 76107

817-735-2047

www.hsc.unt.edu/departments/pathology_anatomy/willedbody/main.htm

Moderate need
Cost to family: transportation beyond 50 mi.; $225 for cremation
Prior enrollment: preferred but not required
Over-enrollment: shared
Disposition: cremation; return of cremains by request
Body rejection: standard,* under 18, syphilis, infectious cases, suicide, missing body parts (sometimes), major trauma

 

Baylor College of Medicine
Dept. of Cell Biology
Texas Medical Center
Mail stop BCM-130
Houston, TX 77030

713-798-3858 or 713-798-4930

www.bcm.edu/willedbody/

Low need
Cost to family: transportation beyond 100 mi.
Prior enrollment: usually required
Over-enrollment: shared
Disposition: cremation; return of cremains by request ($165)
Body rejection: standard,* suicide, trauma, other communicable diseases, obesity, emaciation, over-enrollment

 

Willed Body Program
Univ. of Texas Health Science Center

6431 Fannin Suite 7.046
Houston, Texas 77030
713-500-5603

www.uth.tmc.edu/nba/willedbody/

Moderate need
Cost to family: transportation beyond 300 mi.
Prior enrollment: not required
Over-enrollment: shared
Disposition: cremation; return of cremains by request
Body rejection: standard,* under 14, morbid obesity, emaciation

 

Willed Body Program
Texas Tech University

School of Medicine
3601 4th St. STOP 6540
Lubbock, TX 79430

806-743-2700

www.ttuhsc.edu/som/cbb/WilledBody.aspx

Moderate need
Cost to family: transportation beyond 300 mi.; initial body preparation
Prior enrollment: preferred but not required
Over-enrollment: shared
Disposition: cremation; return of cremains by request ($150)
Body rejection: standard*

 

Texas Chiropractic College
5912 Spencer Hwy.
Pasadena, TX 77505

281-487-1170 8-5 M-F

Low need
Cost to family: some transportation
Prior enrollment: not required
Over-enrollment: shared
Disposition: cremation
Body rejection: standard*, missing body parts

 

Willed body Program
University of Texas

Health Science Center
7703 Floyd Curl Dr.
Mail Code 7762
San Antonio, TX 78229

210-567-3900 or 567-2801

www.uthscsa.edu/csb/willedbody/

Low need
Cost to family: transportation beyond 100 mi.
Prior enrollment: preferred, closed when need is met
Over-enrollment: shared
Disposition: cremation; return of cremains by request ($250)
Body rejection: stamdard*, herpes, drowning, homicide, suicide, trauma, obesity, emaciation, open sores, recent surgery, malignancy, ruptured aneurysm, contracture.

 

Texas State University – San Marcos
Forensic Anthropology Center

601 University Drive–232 ELA
San Marcos, TX 78666

512-245-8272

www.txstate.edu/anthropology/facts/

Moderate need
(Will also accept unpulverized cremated remains.)
Cost to family: transportation outside 100 mi. or for home removal
Prior enrollment: not required
Over-enrollment: not happened
Disposition: remains in bone collection at University
Body rejection: infectious and communicable diseases, embalming, morbidly obese (500 lbs.)

* autopsy, decomposition, mutilation, severe burn victim, meningitis, hepatitis, AIDS, infectious diseases

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4 Responses to “Texas”

  1. I am donating tissue and such to Donate Life Texas – Life Give. I am wanting to know the process to make sure my body gets to the right place after the tissue, etc. has been harvested. Can you tell me what I should do to get this handled?

    Thank you

  2. Bruce Lummus says:

    I would like to leave my remains to science I have had a stroke and eye removed for cancer and weigh 300 would i qualify

  3. Rachel says:

    Hi Bruce –

    Each body donation program has slightly different requirements: some require pre-enrollment, others don’t. Some have more restrictive health requirements than others. Your best bet is to pick out a few of the ones above and call them to review your situation and ensure that you would be a fit.

    If you have the ability to pre-enroll, we’d recommend that so everything is lined when needed.

    Rachel, Founder I’m Sorry to Hear

  4. Josh Slocum says:

    Rachel’s advice is spot-on, Bruce. Check ahead of time with the medical schools, and pre-enroll whenever you can. It’s also important to get your surviving kin on board and give them copies of your paperwork ahead of time.

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