I don't know if I have mentioned this before.
When my dad was dying, he made the decision to donate his body to science. He made it very clear that after he passed, he wanted his body to go to The Anatomy Sharing Network.
So, after he passed, we honored his wishes to be donated.
His body was sent down to Indianapolis within a day or two of his death. From there, he was used by medical professionals to help learn new skills or to sharpen up and review old techniques.
My mom called me this afternoon and informed me that my dad's ashes have finally been returned to her. His body contributed to approximately 30 surgeon's training and education.
My dad was such an amazing man. I know I haven't shared much about him on this blog- I wanted to protect the privacy and the feelings of his parents and siblings.
However, I had to share that fact that even in death, he freely gave of himself. Now, I pray that his body provided doctors and surgeons something truly valuable to help other families avoid the grief that our family has faced.
I miss my dad so incredibly much, but I'm thankful for the memories that I have of him. And now, I'm thankful that his ashes have made their way home.