A member of our family as a med student got permission for us to visit the
cadaver lab with him (at a school other than the U.)There was a
palpable "feeling" there, leading to such a feeling of reverence in
the presence of these "people" who were the cadavers. Though they were dead, there was still a very compelling feeling. We had on
gloves and I couldn't resist holding the hand of the lady we were watching him
work on. I just kept imagining her and her feelings about what she had decided
to do with her body, and hoping she could know how significant a gift it was.The things he showed us and demonstrated were with a respectful, subdued
excitement.The term "the deceased teach the living" was
evident that evening, not only teaching a student, but teaching us something
else as well--to see the respect with which the cadavers are treated.I hope their families know that.
I, too was a teacher most of my life, and I have willed my body to the U Med
School for the same reason.I'm probably too old and battered for my
organs to help others, but I've always wanted to go to medical school and this
will be my chance.For younger people, please consider donating your
organs if you no longer need them. It's a gift like no other and the blessing
you provide will live on for generations.