Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
A person may, on certain conditions, donate his or her body for use, after death, in medical teaching or research.
Donations of bodies enable:
The following educational institutions receive bodies for teaching or research:
The donation of a body is an anonymous gesture. Only authorized persons have access to information about donors. For their part, students are subject to a code of ethics on respect for the body.
ConsentA person who wishes to donate his or her body to an educational institution must inform his or her family members and other close relations. The potential donor must also indicate his or her consent by signing a donor card. The signatory may revoke consent at any time.
The family of a deceased person may initiate proceedings to donate a body if the deceased person did not make any stipulation regarding the donation of his or her body. The family will then have to sign a consent form.
Decision by the educational institutionIf the designated educational institution agrees to receive the body, it will take charge of it in the 24 to 48 hours following the death.
It if refuses, the family must have the donor’s body buried or cremated. If the family refuses to take on this responsibility, and if nobody else expresses a desire to take care of the matter, the body will be buried according to the procedure for disposal of unclaimed bodies.
Criteria for accepting the body After the person’s death, certain criteria apply for the body to be accepted by the recognized educational institutions; in particular, the body:
Organ donors, except those having made a cornea donation, cannot donate their body.
Transportation of the body The educational institutions collect the bodies free of charge within a radius of 250 km and, for McGill University, within a radius of 60 km. If the distance to take possession of the body is greater, transportation costs for the extra distance are charged to the family.
Disposal of bodies after the study periodEducational institutions may retain the donor's body for a period ranging from a few months to 4 years. Thereafter, the body or ashes are buried in a specific lot of a graveyard at no cost to the family.
The family members or any other close relation wishing to recover the donor’s body or ashes, once the study period has ended, must enter into an agreement with the designated educational institution in the days following the death and, if necessary, pay the required fees.
If the family of a donor wishes to have a religious ceremony or burial in a particular place, it must make arrangements with a funeral home and pay for the required services.
The Université de Sherbrooke charges a fee to recover the ashes.
Memorial serviceThe educational institutions, with the exception of the Collège de Rosemont, organize an annual memorial service. The families of donors are invited to attend. The date of the service varies according to the institution in question.
Since the clientele and the conditions vary according to the service, the information is provided under each service.
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