A very special memorial service, a "Service of Thanksgiving" to honor and recognize donors who have given their bodies to science was held at noon today in Gary. First year medical students at the Indiana University School of Medicine at I-U Northwest, hosted the memorial service.
The ceremony remembers and give thanks to anatomical donors Judy Clemens, Ralph Donnelly, Connie Hensley, William Kelly, Mary Nelson, and an anonymous donor, as well as the medical school’s child and fetal donors. Dr. Earnest F. Talarico, Jr. Assocaite Director Medical Education and Associate Professor of Anatomy at I-U Northwest said that in a practice that is unique to IUSM-NW, IUSM-NW, family members of the donors have had contact with the students who have been dissecting their loved ones throughout the formal human gross anatomy course, and now, these family members have been invited to the memorial service so that they may also celebrate the lives and generosity of their loved ones.
The service, coordinated by the first-year medical students, will provide student doctors, faculty and staff the opportunity to express their thanks for the gifts of the donors. In written passages, songs and prayers, the students reflected on the privilege that has been afforded to them by the donor who endowed his or her body to medical education and research.