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Students to Hold Interfaith Memorial Service to Honor Body Donors to School of Medicine

Medical students at Saint Louis University will honor those who donated their bodies for medical education with an interfaith memorial service Friday. The service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at St. Francis Xavier College Church.


First year medical students place flowers in a basket near the alter in St. Francis Xavier College Church for the 2016 gift body donation memorial services. The interfaith service honors all those who have given their body to Saint Louis University School of Medicine in the past year. SLU file photo. 

The service is put together by first-year medical students, led by John Martin, Ph.D., director of the Center for Anatomical Science and Education (CASE), and MariaTeresa Tersigni-Tarrant, Ph.D., D-ABFA, associate professor in anatomy. In addition to reading prayers, the students also perform the music, create the artwork and give personal reflections.

Each year, people donate their bodies to SLU School of Medicine's Gift Body Program through the Center for Anatomical Science and Education to educate medical students, allied health students and residents. In 2016, 387 people donated their bodies to SLU.