Anatomical Donor Program

This precious gift allows students of chiropractic to study the science of the human body. It allows Logan University students to learn and understand the complexities of the human body in a far better manner than books or computer programs can ever do. Information can be requested from the Basic Science Division by calling 636-230-1735 or emailing

What are the Missouri laws concerning body donation?

The gift of one's body after death is governed by the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act of the state of Missouri, which became law in 1969. Sections 194.210 to 194.290 of the Missouri Revised Statutes are cited as the Act. It has provided uniformity with similar laws of other states.

How to become a body donor?

Donor forms can be requested from the Basic Science Division by calling (636) 230-1735. The requester is sent two sets of forms. The forms must be completed and signed in the presence of a notary public. One form must be returned to the Department in the self-addressed envelope provided and include the individual's original signature and the original stamp/seal and signature of the notary. The second copy of the gift form should be kept with the individual's personal files. Following completion of the forms and informing the family of the desire there is nothing more to be done until death.

What to do when death occurs?

At the time of death, the Secretary for Anatomical Donations should be contacted to verify the donation. The family gives the signed donation form to a funeral home director or a transporting company official. They in turn deliver the unembalmed body with the proper papers to the Department of Anatomy. The transportation to Logan is the only expense paid by the family. It is suggested that inquiry concerning the charges be made prior to authorizing the transportation and delivery. The Secretary for Anatomical Donations can provide a list of some transporting companies. The funeral director or transport company will take care of the necessary paperwork regarding the death certificate.

What is the Memorial Service?

Each May, a memorial service is held on the campus to remember those individuals who donated their bodies and families who donated the bodies of their loved ones. In memory and thanksgiving, Logan recognizes those who have given unselfishly the gift of themselves.

Who and how does one become a gift body donor?

Any individual who is at least 18 years of age can become a gift body donor under the stated conditions. A donation of another's body may be made after death by an attorney in fact under the durable power of attorney, by the next of kin or by a guardian. Logan is the only school in St. Louis that receives a gift body donated after death.

What if I change my mind?

The intent to be a gift body donor may be revoked at any time. Please notify the Secretary for Anatomical Donations regarding the update.

What if my family disagrees with my wishes to donate after I die?

The Gift Body Program encourages all donors to share their wish for whole body donation with their family members. However, if the next of kin does not wish to carry out the donor's wishes, the Gift Body Program will abide.

Are all bodies accepted by the gift body program?

Bodies with a communicable disease, such as HIV, hepatitis, tuberculosis, etc, obesity (height and weight proportionate), decomposition, and extreme emaciation will not be accepted under any circumstances.

If my body is autopsied can it still be donated?

If the question of an autopsy arises, the family should understand that permission must be received from the Basic Science Division. The basic teaching of the organization of the human body is best learned from the careful study of the unautopsied body.

If my organs are acceptable for transplant to a living individual can my body still be donated?

No. Organs (other than eyes) may not be removed for transplant.

What are the costs involved?

The only expense that the family or estate incurs when there is a gift body is the transportation by a funeral director or transporting company. It is suggested that inquiry about the charges for transportation be made prior to authorizing delivery. Logan does not assume expenses.

What happens to the body?

The body will be prepared for use by the Anatomy Department. Following the completion of studies the body will be cremated.

Can my family have the ashes returned for burial? What happens to the ashes that are not returned to the family?

Families may request the cremains but the decision to receive cremains must be made at the time the body is received by Logan University. Two contact numbers are required. It takes 2.5 to 3 years before the cremains are ready to be returned. Ashes or cremains not returned to the family are buried at Holy Cross in Ellisville, Mo. At the site there is one common grave marker with the following inscription: “In memory and thanksgiving, the administration, students, faculty and staff of Logan University express appreciation to the families of those who have donated bodies. This precious gift has allowed students of chiropractic to study the science of the human body.” The location at Holy Cross is: Interment Number 72974, Grave location 1, Section 2, and Lot L.

What happens if I die away from the St. Louis metropolitan area?

If a gift body donor dies outside of the St. Louis metropolitan area the same policies hold as if the death occurred in the St. Louis area. The Secretary for Anatomical Donations must be contacted by the funeral home outside of St. Louis for proper procedures. If the family does not want to donate to Logan because of the distance and costs, the Secretary for Anatomical Donations will recommend another medical school with a similar gift body program.

Can there be a funeral service with the body present if my body is donated to Logan?

Following death, the body needs to be transported to Logan as soon as possible for proper preparation. Families are encouraged to have a memorial service, depending upon their own faith and beliefs, shortly after the death without the body present.

How do I become a future donor?

Donor forms can be requested from the Basic Science Division by calling 636-230-1735 or emailing

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