I donated my body to the Des Moines University. Hopefully, they won’t cash in on it for a while.
I’m single, have older siblings, want cremation, don’t care much for ceremony, and I’m cheap. This is the perfect solution for me.
I only had to pay a funeral home for transporting the body and handling the death certificate. $307. Total. I suggest Hamilton\’s Funeral Home. They knew what was necessary and didn’t try to sell me anything else.
The university cremates the bodies, inters the cremains, and has a memorial service once a year. And, they want you! But, for a while, I wasn’t so sure.
I downloaded the online application, filled it out and mailed it in. And then I waited. And waited. And… waited. Finally, I got my official laminated body donor card and a letter of thanks. Whew!
While awaiting a reply, all sorts of thoughts were swirling around in my head. The most prevalent being, they don’t want me!
As a typical mid-aged SWF, rejection was not unfamiliar to me. Naturally, I thought the worst. Dismissed as a corpse. Can you imagine? Fortunately, I did not have to suffer the ultimate rejection. But that would have made an interesting headstone engraving.