Staying informed

When you’re making major end-of-life decisions, it’s important to understand all the details. We’ve gathered together a few of our most commonly asked questions in one place, to help you make an informed decision.

1. Are there any fees associated with the program?
If your body is accepted into the program, we'll cover costs connected with cremation and the interment of ashes in the Dalhousie Memorial Garden or the shipping of ashes to your next of kin. Learn more about interment.

2. What does my next of kin need to do upon my death?
The attending physician or clinical designate must contact the inspector of anatomy when the death certificate has been signed to determine acceptance of remains.

3. What if I change my mind?
None of the documents connected with our donation program are legally binding while you’re living. No legal consultation is necessary; however, you may wish to include this in your will. We'll remove your forms from our files if requested.

4. Does the program have an age limit?
Although there is no maximum age limit, we will not accept donations from people under the age of nineteen.

5. How long will you keep the body?
There's usually a lapse of one to three years between death and the final disposition of the remains. In some cases, tissues are kept longer for continued study.

6. Will you determine the cause of death?
It's important to note that the Department of Medical Neuroscience is a teaching institution. We are not involved in determining cause of death or in investigating any issues related to the pathology associated with any of the individuals whose bodies are donated to the department.

7. Will my loved ones be able to view my remains?
No, unfortunately, viewing of the remains at the Department of Medical Neuroscience cannot be permitted.