GARY | The Indiana University School of Medicine-Northwest held a memorial service Friday afternoon to honor and recognize the six anatomical donors who gifted their bodies to scientific learning.
The ceremony remembered 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.
In a practice that is unique to IUN Medical School, family members of the donors have had contact with the students who have been dissecting their loved one throughout the formal human gross anatomy course.
Their family members were invited to the memorial service to celebrate the lives and generosity of their loved ones.
The service, coordinated by the first-year medical students, provides student doctors, faculty and staff the opportunity to express their thanks for the donors' gifts.
In written passages, songs and prayers, the students reflected upon the privilege that was afforded to them by the donor who endowed his or her body to medical education and research.