When studies are completed, approximately 12 to 24 months after donation, all bodies are cremated individually and placed in a sealed urn.
Two options are available to the donor and/or family:
- The ashes may be returned to the family or other designated individual for final disposition.
- Albany Medical College will assume responsibility for disposition and will inter the ashes during its Annual Interment and Memorial Services in plots maintained by the College at Albany Rural Cemetery or in plots at St. Agnes Catholic Cemetery donated by the Albany Diocesan Cemeteries.
While the decision of final disposition is requested at the time of the donation, it is not binding and can be changed at any time by notifying the Anatomical Gift Program.
With either option, family and friends of the deceased will be invited to the Interment and Memorial Service. It is at the Interment and Memorial service that the Albany Medical College and it's students express their appreciation to the donors and their families.