Final Rights

Reclaiming the American Way of Death


State Anatomy Program
Department of Health
400 East Jackson Street
Richmond, VA 23219

804-786-2479 or

Moderate need
Cost to family: transportation over $100 if preregistered
Prior enrollment: not required
Over-enrollment: shared statewide
Disposition: cremation; return of cremains by request
Body rejection: autopsy, decomposition, mutilation, severe burn victim, meningitis, hepatitis, AIDS, other contagious diseases, obesity, emaciation, constricture, missing limbs, Antibiotic resistant infections such as MRSA, VRE, C-Diff

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2 Responses to “Virginia”

  1. mdiep says:

    I am interested in pre-registering for donation of my body to science. I do not expect to go anywhere just yet, but trying to get my ducks in a row for my children. Please contact me with information so that I may get this finalized.

    Thank you for your attention to this request.

    Linda Anderson

  2. Sharon Metro says:

    This sounds like a program of which I’d like to avail myself…My children would have much less worry (and expense!), and if feasible, might well make a small contribution to medical knowledge. Return of cremains please, if possible to give my family some closure. This is what I’d have done in any case!

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