Every three years the University holds a Memorial Service in Winthrop Hall to honour the donors to the Body Bequest Program whose remains have been cremated during the three years before the service.
The Memorial Services were inaugurated in 1999.
We believe that a dedication of thanksgiving expressed in the presence of relatives, special guests and students is the most appropriate way to acknowledge those who have bequeathed their mortal remains to the University.
Importantly, given the sensitivities of donors' relatives and the diverse cultural and religious backgrounds of our many students, we believe a strictly religious ceremony would not be appropriate. As such, this ceremony is one in which all present can participate with their own private thoughts.
The families of all donors are welcome to attend these services.
In conjunction with the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, a memorial garden was established in 2003 at Karrakatta Cemetery.
If requested, ashes of donors can be interred in this garden and their names recorded on a plaque for that year.
In 2003 the wonderful generosity of the Tahija family of Indonesia made it possible to establish a memorial garden outside the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology on the University campus in memory of our donors.
This garden provides a quiet place of remembrance and reflection where relatives and friends are welcome to visit at any time. The garden is enhanced by the Hans Arkeveld sculpture "Celestian" .