Hope Memorial Chapel has had the honor of assisting the University of New England’s Body Donation program since 1976, which began with one of our predecessors, R.G. Bolduc and Sons. At the time of death, we transport the deceased to our facility to prepare the body according to the University’s instructions and then transport the deceased to the University. We also prepare all the necessary paperwork to registrar the death certificate with the state of Maine.
Health care professionals must have a thorough knowledge of the structure of the human body. This is obtained early in their education by studying anatomy through the dissection of the human body. The need for human bodies can be met only if people interested in health care education arrange to contribute their bodies to a university immediately following death.
There is no upper age limit for whole body donation, nor does amputation of limbs preclude acceptance. Medical conditions that would prevent acceptance as a donor include: HIV, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease. Extensive trauma to the body at the time of death, advanced decomposition, or extreme obesity would also make the body unsuitable for anatomical study.