Service of Gratitude
What is the service of gratitude?
Each year the faculty, staff, and students of the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center host a service of gratitude to recognize and honor the individuals who have gifted their remains to the University for the advancement of medical science. The service has traditionally been held in November of each year. Invitations are sent out to each primary contact person we have on record and generally delivered six weeks prior to the service. Donors are honored through music, poetry and dance pieces, selected and performed by the health science students. The service recognizes all donors who have made a gift of their remains and is not intended to honor one specific donor or be a vehicle for the return of the donor’s cremated remains.
Who may attend the service of gratitude?
Anyone may attend the service of gratitude. For service information, please see the service information below or call 612-625-1111.
When is the next Anatomy Bequest Program Service of Gratitude?
The date for the 2023 Service of Gratitude will be posted here when the service date is set. It usually is scheduled for the first or second week of November.
Past services archives
2020 Service of Gratitude
Artwork by Prasanna Vankina
As a former dancer/artist, the anatomy lab helped me appreciate how our bodies are so varied and yet so connected – allowing us all to create and share in many forms!
Medical Student, Class of 2024
2016 Service of Gratitude
The 2016 service was held on Wednesday, November 9th at Northrop at the University of Minnesota. The video is unavailable.
The 2016 Service of Gratitude program recording is not available. We apologize for the inconvenience.
2015 Service of Gratitude
The 2015 service was held on Tuesday, November 10th at Northrop at the University of Minnesota.