Not sure what you want to do to your body after you die? Tired of the same old options of burial or cremation? Want someone to make good use of your body after you die? Well, you can donate your body to a body farm (and at no cost to you if you live within 200 miles of Knoxville, TN). Actually they call themselves a Forensic Anthropology Data Bank (quite a mouthful) and they are a part of the University of Tennessee.
Step one - look over your medical history. Do you have a history of HIV, tuberculosis, hepatitis, or an antibiotic resistant disease (MRSA)? They may not accept your body donation if you have any of these diseases or conditions. Special note - they may accept your body if you have one of these diseases if you have it cremated first (but not pulverized). You will be responsible for the costs of cremation.
Step two - look at the map. Do you live within 200 miles of Knoxville, TN? If you do there will be no cost to transport your body to the body farm. If you live more than 200 miles from Knoxville, you can still donate your body, but you will be responsible for the costs of transportation of your body.
Step three - download the forms from the resource section. Read them very carefully. Fill them out and sign them. You do NOT need a notary or lawyer to fill out any of these forms. Send the forms and a picture of yourself to the address on the forms. There is also a biological questionnaire to be filled out. It includes areas to fill out your medical history, locations where you have lived, and an area to fill out your daily habits, occupations, exercise habits, and any other life-long activities.
- All donations of a body to a facility would be appreciated. Many of our skeletal studies are based on 19th century data and we have changed a great deal since then.
- Bodies are used to study the natural decay of bodies in various conditions. They are laid out to weather and hence farmed out.
- Special note - no remains will ever be returned to your family. This facility studies skeletal remains and still studies its very first donation to this body farm in 1981.