Anatomy board will return loved one’s ashes
To the editor:
In your article about donating a body to science (Dec. 31), there was a significant error.
The article stated that the State Anatomy Board, when finished with the investigations of the body, will cremate the remains and inter them at a dedicated grave site in Sykesville. That is partly true but a seriously misleading statement.
Actually, upon receiving your donation of the body, they ask how you (as next of kin) would like the ashes handled, with three options: They will store them at their facility until you can arrange to have them picked up; they will package them appropriately and mail them to you or to an address of your choice; or, if you do not want to claim them, they will (as your article states) inter them at their site.
We had both my father and mother’s remains handled by them, with complete satisfaction. We had only to notify them of the location of the remains, they picked them up that same day, and, at absolutely no cost to us, returned the ashes by mail. In the case of my father, it was about six months later, but with my mother, the ashes were returned in less than three weeks.