Graveyards and cremation are old schoolMikey 3 comments
According to this article on CNN, there has been an increase in the number of people signing up to donate their deceased bodies for the Plastination process, a method whereby the fluids and fat are replaced with a special plastic and placed on display.
One woman, Erlyene Toney-Alvarez says:
"I thought, since I like to think outside the box, this would be a really good way to preserve our bodies instead of the typical funeral... It's also something I can go to my death feeling good about, like I made a contribution to humankind."
Although the concept of donating your body to science is not new, Gunther Von Hagens (the inventor and patent owner of the Plastination process) offers an alternative to the typical scenario that would see your body in the hands of surgeons in training.
Despite some sceptics claiming the legitimacy in which Von Hagens has obtained the bodies, he insists he does everything by the book relying heavily on donations, unlike a similar exhibition which recently confessed it had obtained corpses that "might be victims of torture or execution from Chinese prisons".
Said Von Hagens:
"It is very, very important for the donors to know the purpose of the exhibit, that it is not entertainment, it is education and enlightenment. I have to be in peace with those on display."