Bequeathal Program

Bequeathal Program

How to Donate Your Body to Science at U of L in Kentucky

We will not be accepting new enrollees into the program between September 15 - December 31. Those donors enrolled in the program prior to September 15, 2014 will be accepted at the time of death at any time (if the donors meet the requirements at time of death, please see FAQs for further explanation).

Open Enrollment for New Enrollees has Ended!

We will re-open for new enrollees beginning January 1, 2015.
In order to donate your body to the University of Louisville, you must be pre-registered with our program. 
If you have pre-registered and received your acceptance letter from our program, please see our FAQs or instructions below to report a death.

If you have any other questions, please call 502-852-5744.

We appreciate your interest in the Body Bequeathal Program at the University of Louisville. It is through the generous gifts of our anatomical donors that health professionals are able to advance their knowledge and enhance the health care of our community. Hundreds of students, residents, and practicing healthcare professionals from a broad range of medical, dental, and allied health fields study in our human anatomy laboratories each year. Please be assured that we all hold the privilege of studying the human body in the highest of regards.

When death occurs

  1. If the death occurs at home, please call 9-1-1.  A healthcare professional (examples:  hospice care staff or coroner) will need to sign a provisional report of death before the body can be transported to the university.
  2. A family member or caregiver ­should notify our program immediately by calling (502) 852-5744.  If after hours, please call Nunnelley Funeral Home at (502)-368-3396 to arrange for transport of the body to our facility.
  3. UofL will file the death-related paperwork and will send further information at the time of death to the next-of-kin on procedures regarding the death certificate and social security.  Additionally, transportation charges may be sent to the next-of-kin (please see FAQs).
  4. The next-of-kin will receive an invitation to our annual Convocation of Thanks ceremony in late winter/early spring.  This ceremony is held in the spring of each year to honor those individuals who bequeathed their bodies during the previous calendar year (for instance, the ceremony in the spring of 2013 was held for those donors whose bodies arrived at UofL during 2012).

Nicole Herring, Ph.D.
Steve Anderson, LE, LFD
Troy Nukes, LE, LFD


511 South Floyd, Room 111
Louisville, KY 40292