How to pre-arrange donation of your body

If you decide to donate your body, download the Anatomical Bequeathal and Cremation Authorization form to your computer, then fill in all the blanks, save your electronic copy, print, then initial and sign the hard copy. Mail the completed document to the address at the top of the form.

You may also choose to scan the completed forms and email them to

Download Bequeathal Authorization form

Download Body Donation Program brochure

View Body Donation Program Frequently Asked Questions

At the time of death

At the time of death

Immediately following the donor’s death, the family, next-of-kin and/or health care provider should contact The Ohio State University Body Donation Program at 614-292-4831.

How do students benefit from your contribution?

Anatomical donations are regarded as unselfish gifts to medical education and research. Donors and their families can be assured their contribution is appreciated and treated with the utmost respect.

An anatomical donation may be used for education or research for the advancement of medical science and health initiatives. Examples of how the gift might be used include medical education and training, forensic sciences (pathology, engineering, anthropology, taphonomy), vehicle safety or the development of protective equipment (sports, military, law enforcement).

All of us are the final beneficiaries of the knowledge gained by students, physicians and researchers. Anatomical gifts are central to the education of physicians, dentists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and other medical professionals of the future, and thus to better patient care as well as prevention and treatment of medical conditions.

We strongly recommended that you discuss this decision with your family to better assist them with arrangements at the time of your death. It is also wise to inform your physician and lawyer of your intent to donate.

Time is a factor and your next of kin must be in a position to act immediately following your death.

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Memorial service

Each year, students join together to organize a memorial service that recognizes these donors' generous gifts and humanizes them in a way that can’t be done in a laboratory.

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