The loved ones of 104 people who donated their bodies to the medical school gathered for a unique memorial service sponsored by the Willed Body Program last Saturday at the University of Hawai`i Mānoa Campus Center Ballroom.
Many of our donors request that their cremated remains be scattered at sea. Our MD students paddled in outrigger canoes to fulfill those wishes; as loved ones watched that part of the ceremony offshore from Magic Island.
KHON2 News covered the story. Click to watch it, and to hear a woman talk about her mother’s dying wish to help others through the education of our John A. Burns School of Medicine Students.
The Willed Body Program, part of the Department of Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology, allows Hawai`i residents to make a significant difference when they die by donating their bodies to advance the teaching of Medicine or Surgery at the University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine. For more information about the Willed Body Program, see The Willed Body Program at JABSOM.