TEMECULA (CBS) — Funerals are expensive these days, so one Temecula business is offering to foot the bill – if you are willing to give up your dead body.
Research For Life, which describes itself as a whole body donation organization with offices in Phoenix and Temecula, is looking for tissue samples to sell to medical schools and research facilities, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
Research For Life says most people are eligible for whole body donation, except for people with blood-related diseases such as AIDS, HIV, Hepatitis B and C. The organization also cannot accept any donors under the age of 18 or those who are severely malnourished or morbidly obese, but says contact them no matter the weight.
Anyone willing to donate their body will receive for free a brass-engraved memorial plate, a memorial book and 100 free memorial folders. The Murrieta Valley Funeral Home provides space for a memorial service at the family’s convenience, the Press-Enterprise reported.
Donors can also choose to have their ashes spread at sea at no cost.
Remains that are not used for medical research and education are cremated by a licensed crematory and returned to the family.
The average cost of an adult funeral cost $6,560 in 2009, according to Kiplinger.com, but many funerals cost well over $10,000. The cost of cremation ranges between $1,500 and $4,000, according to care.com.