The nearest center for donation to an Anatomical Gift Program is with the University of Alberta, located in Edmonton.
Anatomical gifts are used for teaching purposes and medical education. If the body is acceptable for anatomical studies, the Division of Anatomy will make the necessary arrangements for transportation of the donor. However, transportation costs will be the responsibility of the family or estate. The Division does reserve the right to decline any anatomical donation. In that event, alternate plans will have to be made with a funeral director.
To arrange donation of your body previous to death, it is best to complete a Donor Registration Form. A Donor Card should then be placed with your health care information so it will be likely found immediately, should you be taken for treatment of an illness or injury. It is also advisable that you inform your immediate family and executor, physician, lawyer, clergy member and funeral director of your desire to donate.
Following Anatomical Study (usually one to two years after receipt of the body), the cremated remains are interred in the University of Alberta’s burial site at Westlawn Memorial Gardens. If a family requests for the return of the remains, this must be done at the time of the death.