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Anatomical Bequests

Providence HallFor more than 20 years, Union has utilized bequests for anatomical education. The thoughtfulness behind these donations has been greatly appreciated by the students who have learned in anatomical labs with the aid of those donations and the instructors who have taught these young people so that they may aid others. This type of bequest touches the lives of so many over the course of the career of the doctors, dentists, pharmacists, therapists and other practitioners whose basis for medical understanding began with an appreciation and reverence for the human body.

Many of the individuals who decide to donate their bodies for educational purposes recognize the value of such a program. Retired Union University chemistry professor, Charles Baldwin was the first to bequeath his body to Union's Anatomical Bequest Program. "I never thought I'd be able to follow my calling after death," says Baldwin. "This is a way to teach even after the spirit has left the physical remains."

Union's steadfast purpose for having the Anatomical Bequest Program is to promote excellence in students' future medically-related careers, while honoring and treating with dignity those who have selflessly donated their remains. In fact, biology professor James Huggins, who leads the program, prays with students and thanks God for the donor before each class.

Like any end-of-life planning, joining the Anatomical Bequest Program is a major step that should not be entered into lightly. If you are interested in the program, contact our program facilitator for more information, have candid discussions with your loved ones and pray about the decision. We are grateful for everyone who wishes to benefit Union through an anatomical gift and endeavor to honor that wish every time. However, sometimes circumstances prevent us from accepting individuals into the program.

Rachel PetersonContact Information

Rachel Peterson
Anatomical Bequest Program Facilitator

Office of University Relations
1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, TN 38305
(Phone) 731-661-5050
(Fax) 731-661-5495
(Email) rpeterson@uu.edu

Those making time of death arrangements with the Anatomical Bequest Program on behalf of a deceased donor may contact Arrington Funeral Directors 24 hours a day at 731-668-1111. However, acceptance into the program must be established with the Program Facilitator prior to the body being received. This includes but is not limited to notarized paperwork being filed with the Program Facilitator. Arrington will not be able to accept donors into the program, unless approval has been previously established with Union University.


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