GENESIS is a willed body donor program for those wishing to donate their bodies for the advancement of science. The program plays a vital role in the educational and research activities conducted at the MERI.

Death is an uncomfortable subject for many, and donating your body to science may seem an unconventional choice to consider. But even after death, you can make a real and lasting difference in the lives of millions, giving others a better chance to survive and thrive. We work with individuals and their families to understand this opportunity to participate in groundbreaking medical training and research.

Physicians, surgeons, nurses, EMT's, and other medical professionals and students from around the world come to the MERI to gain invaluable hands-on experience in the latest medical techniques and technologies, taking this newfound knowledge back to their patients at home. As a donor, you make this critical education and training possible through your selfless and generous gift.

You may become a GENESIS donor by pre-signing yourself into the program. Along with the meaningful contribution to research, your gift also provides your loved ones with a dignified alternative to the typical final expenses. 

GENESIS donors are accorded the utmost respect and dignity during their time with the MERI. For each medical training procedure performed, the MERI treats each donor as a living patient. A donor’s participation in educational activities at the MERI is generally one year or less, at which point remains are respectfully returned to the family or interred in a mausoleum in the Memphis area.

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