The 2023 Body Bequest Memorial service was held on June 2 at Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Voluntary bequest of the human body is a way in which to make a direct and important contribution to medical teaching and research.

Medical student training is a learning process that includes textbooks and hands-on clinical training. The bodies utilized in the medical curriculum entail learning over a period of one week or even two years and beyond. The bodies accepted at Wayne State University School of Medicine are treated with the utmost of care and respect. The laboratories are situated in a clean, restricted area, permitting only medical students, faculty, staff, and students of health-related professions. When the various studies have been completed the remains are cremated and buried in the University burial plot after a meaningful ceremony shared by students and families.

Please reach out to Barb Rosso for any questions regarding the program.


A suitable form has been prepared by the Body Bequest Program, Department of Ophthalmology, Visual and Anatomical Sciences, Wayne State University School of Medicine. Excerpts from Act. No. 368, Public Acts of 1978, Article 10, are printed on the back of each form. Special attention should be given to section 10108. There are occasions when Wayne State University must refuse a donation because of the condition of the body at the time of death.

You are encouraged to share the information with your family so that they are familiar with the program, and to avoid any possible misunderstanding in the future. It is also suggested that an alternate burial plan be considered in the event your body is not acceptable.

If you should have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Body Bequest Office.

Your interest in medical science is greatly appreciated.