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In my professional role as anatomy administrator and bequeathal secretary at a large surgical training centre, I am the first point of contact both for people wishing to donate their body, and for newly bereaved relatives telling us that their registered loved-one has died. I am involved in every stage of the process from that first phone call, through to eventual funeral service, cremation of the body and return of the ashes to the family. I am also a registered body donor myself, as I strongly believe in the value of cadaveric training having seen it first hand.
When prospective donors and relatives find out that I am also a registered body donor they find this to be very reassuring to know that having ‘behind the scenes’ access has not put me off, and is a good endorsement for the process, …
Contributors This piece was written by a prospective body donor (TAW). HKJ provided academic support and wrote the introductory piece for the commentary.
Competing interests None declared.
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