Anatomical Board of the State of Florida
Instructions to the Persons Interested in Donating
- Two copies of the dedication form should be signed in the presence
of two witnesses. Since properly completed dedication forms have legal
status, a formal will is not required.
- One original dedication form should be forwarded to: Anatomical Board
of the State of Florida, University of Florida College of Medicine,
P.O. Box 100235, Gainesville, Florida 32610-0235.
The other copy should be retained by the dedicator and placed in his
or her personal files.
- Copies of the "Instructions to Survivors.." should be given to relatives,
close friends, or to whomever will be in charge of final arrangements.
In this way, those concerned will know of the dedicator's wishes and
will be in a better position to carry them out.
- Although not essential, it will save your relatives the necessity
of doing so if you make arrangements now with a funeral director in
your vicinity. The funeral home director should be informed of your
plan to dedicate your body for scientific purposes and instructed as
to what his responsibilities will be (see Instructions to Survivors..).
- The Anatomical Board is not able to remove and store tissues for
eye banks or other agencies which collect tissues from recently deceased
persons for transplantation to living persons. If you are interested
in such procedures, you should discuss the possibilities with your physician.
- Ordinarily after being used in medical research and education, the
body will be cremated pursuant to Florida Statutes 497.005.
If you wish further information about these procedures, please notify
- If the survivors wish to receive the ashes after cremation, a written
request to that effect should be filed with the dedication form or
at the time the body is transported to the Anatomical Board.
- If no request has been received, the Anatomical Board will take
responsibility for disposing of the cremains by spreading them over
the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
- If cremation is not desired, the Anatomical Board should be notified
at the time of transportation. The body can be turned over to a funeral
home for such burial as the family may specify. Burial by a funeral
home will be at the expense of the family.