University of Alberta

Anatomical Gifts Program

Offers a program where anyone can donate their body after their death for the purpose of teaching students.

Service offers:

  • a program where anyone can donate their body after their death for the purpose of teaching courses in human anatomy to medical, dental, and allied health professional students

For memorial services:

  • a formal funeral service is not possible when a body is donated because the unembalmed body must be sent without delay to the Department
  • if a service is desired, it is recommended that it take the form of a memorial service, without the presence of the body

After anatomical study:

  • usually one to two years after receipt of the body, the cremated remains are interred in the University of Alberta's burial plot at Westlawn Memorial Gardens
  • family requests for return of the remains following anatomical study will be honoured if requested at the time of death
Affiliation: Partnered with Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry - Division of Anatomy.
Yes, Service targeted to:
  • individuals wishing to donate their body for anatomical studies
The Department reserves the right to refuse any donation.
Application Process
Service Access: Registration Required, To access service:
  • contact the department for a donor registration form and a donor card
People wishing to donate their body may:
  • include a statement in their wills, however, this will not ensure that it is followed through because a will may be read after the burial or cremation
A body is not accepted without consent from one of the following:
  • next-of-kin
  • executor
  • person lawfully in charge of your body at the time of death
Completion of the form does not guarantee acceptance of donation. Referral Process: No

Waiting Period: No,
Web Site
Fee: No
Fee Reduction: No
Membership Fee: No
Wheelchair access: N/A - Other disabled access: N/A -
Legal Status
Educational Institution
Last Updated On
October 15, 2020
8440 112 Street
Edmonton, AB, T6G 2H7
Open in Google Maps