Anatomical Bequests

Anatomical Bequests

Anatomical Bequests

large flame‌The staff and students of the Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience both past and present, are very grateful to those who are generous enough to donate their bodies for medical science and education. Such donations are essential to our proper functioning as a medical and other health science schools.

 

Commissioned Sculpture

The generosity of donors is marked by a specially commissioned sculpture by the artist  Alexandra Wejchert. It is an abstract piece in the form of a flame.  It represents the flame of knowledge which leads to the light of understanding.

This sculpture entitled Flame is located at the entrance to the FLAME laboratory, in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience Western Gateway Building UCC. The FLAME Laboratory takes its name from this special commerative piece, FLAME is an acronym for Facility for Learning Anatomy Morphology and Embryology. 

 

Thanksgiving Ceremony 

In 2012 the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience held its inaugural Thanksgiving Ceremony.  The ceremony was celebration to honour all anatomical donors since 1849, and was held in the Honan Chapel, University College Cork. In attendance were donor’s friends and family along with staff from the School of Medicine, postgraduate and undergraduate students from Medicine, Dentistry, Clinical Therapies and Neuroscience.

The Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience plans to hold a thanksgiving ceremony biannually, the second Thanksgiving Ceremony was held in March 2014,  in recognition of the continued generosity of donors and their families.

Click here for images and videos of previous Thanksgiving Ceremonies.

 

We are very grateful to those who are generous enough to donate their bodies for the purpose of medical science and education. Such donations are essential to our proper functioning as a medical and other health science schools.

Donation consent forms

On request, two donation forms will be dispatched to the donor. Both forms should be completed by the donor. 

One copy should then be returned to us. The other copy is given to some responsible person, such as a relative, doctor, minister of religion or lawyer, who will get in touch with us at the time of death. We can then take charge after any church service (if held), and ensure that the donor’s wishes are carried out.

If you move away permanently from the Munster area, please let us know.

Procedure following death:

Upon death of the donor, the body is placed in a coffin in the normal way.  If a church service is held, the body is taken to the church for the service and subsequently taken to the medical school. 

If no church service is held, the body is brought directly to the medical school. Normally we expect to receive the remains within 48 hours of death. 

The University cannot accept any donors whose organs have been donated, or who have undergone a post-mortem, or died of diseases of high infectivity, e.g., Creuzfeld Jacob Disease (CJD), Hepatitis and HIV.

Burial or Cremation of Remains:

The body usually remains with us for a period of about two years. The burial or cremation is then arranged in accordance with the wishes of the donor.

Next of kin are consulted about the time of burial or cremation,  if they have requested beforehand that they wish to attend.

College Cemetery Curraghkippane. 

The University has a burial ground in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Curraghkippane, Kerry Pike, Co. Cork where many donors choose to be buried. Burial takes place in accordance to the rites of the deceased person’s faith, we arrange for the attendance of a priest or minister of the relevant faith. 

The University meets all the expenses involved for the transport of remains, the stipend of the priest or minister and grave costs.

Other Cemetery

Many donors choose to be buried in a family grave or some other cemetery. In this case the next of kin are responsible for arranging for the opening of the grave and if desired for the attendance of a priest or minister. 

The University will  meet the expenses for transport to the cemetery in these circumstances.  The relatives or estate of the deceased must cover the costs of the opening of the grave, stipend for the minister or priest, etc. 

Cremation

When the donor has chosen to be cremated. We arrange for the transport of the remains to "The Island Crematorium" in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, and for the attendance of a priest or minister of the relevant faith.

The University meets expenses involved for the transport of remains, the stipend of the priest or minister and the cremation fee.

Family attending burial

If donors or relatives have any request to make with regard to the burial, cremation or any other matter, or if relatives wish to attend, we ask them to be sure to inform us in writing in order to avoid any misunderstanding.

The University requests that all relatives and friends of the deceased who wish to attend the burial or cremation, meet the remains by the graveside or crematorium. and not within the University grounds.

Expenses

If a church service is held, the relatives meet all expenses up to and including the service.  Subsequent expenses incurred in transferring the remains from the church  to the medical school are met by the University. 

If no church service is held, the University meets the expenses incurred in transferring the body from the place of death to the medical school.  The relatives or estate of the deceased must provide a coffin for transferring the remains and for subsequent burial.

How do I donate my body to the  Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience?

Contact us at the department of Anatomy & Neuroscience, and we can have a chat with you to discuss the entire procedure. If are happy to go ahead with donation, you can request donation forms, which you then sign in the presence of two witnesses.

One copy should then be returned to us and the other given to some responsible person, such as a relative, doctor, minister of religion or lawyer, who will get in touch with us at the time of death, so that we can take charge after any church service (if held) and ensure that the donor’s wishes are carried out.

Does age, disease, or amputation make the donation unacceptable?

There is no upper age limit for donation, nor does amputation preclude acceptance.  Medical conditions that prevent acceptance as a donor include:  Hepatitis, HIV, Tuberculosis, and Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease. 

Extensive trauma to the body at the time of death, decomposition, or extreme obesity would also make remains unsuitable for anatomical study.

What about post mortems?

We cannot accept a body which has had a post mortem performed.

Who may serve as a witness to the donation?

We strongly recommend that your next-of-kin or a close family member act as your first witness.  Anyone 18 years or older may act as your second witness.  Two signatures are required on the donation form.

Will any payment be received for the body?

No payment will be made in connection with the body donation. 

If a donation is made, can it be withdrawn?

Yes.  If you wish to withdraw from the programme, simply make your wish known to us in writing and we will cancel your file. 

Should the donor inform someone of the bequest?

Yes.  You should inform your next-of-kin, who is legally responsible for the disposition of your remains.  It is important to discuss your plan with those close to you so that your wishes may be clearly understood.  

What is the procedure upon the death of the donor?

In the event of death, the next-of-kin, or other responsible person at the hospital or nursing home should contact the:

Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience tel: (021) 420-5497/420-5461 (during normal office hours), Forde’s Funeral Directors tel: (021) 4318222 (outside normal office hours).

If a church service is held, the body is taken to the church for the service and subsequently taken to the medical school.  If no church service is held, the body is brought directly to the medical school.

When does the burial take place? 

The body usually remains with us for a period of about two years. Buirial or cremation then takes place in accordance to the wishes of the donor.

In the UCC Plot in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

We can arrange for burial in the University plot in St. Mary's Cemetery, Curraghkippane Co. Cork, and for the attendance of a priest or minister of the relevant faith, and relatives may attend if desired.

Private Family Interment

The University will cover the expense of bringing the remains to a cemetery.  The opening of the grave and any other expenses involved are borne by the Estate.  The next of kin, if desired, can arrange for the attendance of a priest or minister of the relevant faith.

Cremation

The University will cover the expenses of transport of the remains to "The Island Crematorium" in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, and the cremation fee.

Donors may choose to be buried in a family grave or some other cemetery, however the University has a burial ground in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Curraghkippane, Kerry Pike, Co. Cork where many donors choose to be buried.

Below are details of directions to the University plot in St. Mary's Cemetery Curraghkippane and details of the Island Crematorium with directions and information can be found on the link to their website.

 

St. Mary's Cemetery Curraghkippane

Curraghkippane Cemetery

St Mary's Cemetery Curraghkippane (111kB) - Directions and map to University Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery,Curraghkippane, Co Cork‌- Link to Google Map

 

Island Crematorium Ringaskiddy

The Island Crematorium

 Island Crematorium. -  Link to Island Crematorium webpage

General Enquiries

Ms Miriam Dorgan,
Senior Executive Assistant
 
Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience,
Room 2.33, 2nd Floor, Western Gateway Building,
University College,
Cork, Ireland.

Telephone 

Tel:            +353-(0)21 420-5497/420-5461

Fax:           +353 (0)21 420-5471

Email            anatomy@ucc.ie
 
Office hours: 9.15 - 4.00      Monday to Friday

Office remains open during lunch time.

 


Anatomical Bequests 

In the case of an anatomical bequest the next of-kin, or other responsible person at the hospital or nursing home should contact the Department of Anatomy

During office hours:

    • Tel: 021 420-5497 or (021) 420-5461

Outside office hours: 

    • On-call staff mobile  (087) 0909481
    • Tel: (021) 490-2266  or  Forde’s funeral directors (021) 431-8222
    • University Switchboard (021) 490-3000

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