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End Funeral Stress and Recycle Your Body

Updated on December 26, 2014

The End of Life Awakening

When it comes to a loved one parents are distraught enough but what if they are asked by medical staff to allow organs to be removed for the sake of others? The decision often has to be made just prior to or immediately after death. If they have never thought about it beforehand just being asked the question can send many into overload.

So think about it before the trauma starts and have a plan in place to allow your body or that of a loved one to be given over so that others can have the benefit of replacement of damaged organs and a longer life. The other choice is to donate it to medicine so that it can help medical students learn their craft.

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Time Allotted Cemeteries

Documentaries have been shown that display how people are kidnapped for their body parts, particularly in Eastern countries where those waiting for transplants are prepared to pay thousands of dollars for the chance to live on. In the West we have a system whereby voluntary donations can be made available free of charge so that anyone with the need goes on the list.

The problem is that not many are prepared to give the consent to allow the harvesting of organs from their relatives, particularly children. The question is why not? The body is nothing but flesh and bone and it quickly rots once life disappears. Placing it in the ground is just taking up space that many countries are now finding is too inconvenient as the area that once served as a cemetery is now required for housing the living.

A disgusting sight recently was in such a film whereby men are employed in the Philippines to scoop human remains from coffins and put them into plastic bags that were then either collected by relatives or disposed of, probably in the local rubbish tip. The length of time a corpse is able to occupy the space allowed is five years and then it is sold to someone else.

This situation is coming to a cemetery near you if it is not already the case. Many are allowing fifteen to twenty years tops before removing the remains and re-occupying the space with someone else. While humans are dead set on overpopulation of the world the room for burials has become prime real estate.

So why bury what is a perfectly good specimen for medical students to work on and learn from. They have to get bodies from somewhere and this has led to corruption in the mortuary business as corpses have been saved from the furnace in some crematoriums, dissected, parts frozen and then sent off to hospitals and medical schools. In a recent documentary it was shown how a death from aids was not cremated but 12 months later the mother was asked what she wanted done with her son's body part. She was horrified to learn that he had been dissected and parts of the body were given to donor recipents. They included tissue and other things.

When investigated there were crematoriums with dissection rooms and freezes full of body parts adjacent to the main buildings. Every part was worth so much money, Medical schools paid $10,000 just for an arm and a whole body is worth around a quarter of a million. Several bodies were lying in a heap uncremated and not wanted. It led to several prosecutions. But there is a shortage in body parts for dissection and practice of surgery on them by medical students. Think again about how you can help. Donate your body instead of burying or cremating it.

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In Case you Have Doubts

Do You Remember Where You Were?

Even though I don't remember the year exactly the recall of hearing for the first time about a heart transplant is as fresh in my mind as something that happened yesterday. It was simply gob smacking. My father had just come home with the Sunday papers and there splashed acorss the front page was an image of Dr. Christian Barnard (still remember his name and his face) with the patient in whom a successful transplant had been performed.

The family was stopped dead in its tracks as dad read out the article. What a miracle and that's what they called it.

Now so many have received new hearts from a few weeks of age up into their senior years that it no longer is a miracle but a normal medical procedure. Since then we have kidney, liver, lungs, and so many other organs transplanted on a daily basis that we almost take it in our stride. That is until one of our family is in need.

Help! a precious life you know needs an organ but there simply is not enough to go around. What do you do? You pray of course that one will become available. But what you are really praying for is that someone will die so that their body parts can be harvested. Now put yourself into the shoes of the bereaved and ask what would you do in the circumstances they now find themselves in?

It would be interesting to see how many organ recipients and their loved ones have signed up to donate their organs at the point of death. Have you? Have you even thought about it?

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      Ben 2 years ago

      Write more, that's all I have to say. Literally, it seemsas tohugh you relied on the video to make your point.You clearly know what you're talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videosto your blog when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is an important lens and one people should at least visit so then can get a better idea of the issue.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Earlier this year when my brother-in-law died, his widow (my sister) took solace in knowing that his eyes would give sight to someone else. Being an organ donor is so important.

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Tough subject but we do have to face these issues. Thanks for sharing and including my LOTD. Much appreciated and hopefully, everything here will help someone.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I appreciate your focus here. An organ donation can be the most important legacy of any individual. I hope someone lives on well beyond my time here on Earth because of an organ donation that I might be privileged enough to make. It will be an honor to give this gift.