Anatomical Gift Program Memorial Service at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery

Posted on June 15, 2018 by Jennifer Mele under Historic St. Agnes Cemetery, Memorial Masses, Uncategorized
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Anatomical Gift Program Memorial Service at St. Agnes

The annual Anatomical Gift Program Memorial Service at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, NY will take place on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 2:00pm. St. Agnes Cemetery donates grave space and interment services for the following Catholics who have donated their bodies to the Anatomical Gift Program at the Albany Medical College.

Family and friends of individuals who chose to donate and are being interred are invited to join our staff and the medical students of this program for a very poignant memorial service at the St. Agnes Cemetery Mausoleum.

In 1983 Albany Diocesan Cemeteries partnered with Albany Medical Center to offer grave space in appreciation and respect for the sacrifice that these individuals and their families have made for medical science. Since then, 502 Anatomical Gift interments have been completed.

When studies by medical students are completed, the body is cremated and placed in an urn. After the memorial service, each urn is buried in an individual grave. The grave has enough space to permit the burial of a second urn, of a spouse or close relative. The grave may be marked with a bronze memorial and flower vase. Bronze memorials may be purchased at the cemetery.

We encourage family, friends, medical students and others who wish to pay their respects to join us to honor those who have made this sacrifice.

 

2 Responses to Anatomical Gift Program Memorial Service at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery

  1. leslie dykeman says:

    The grave has enough space to permit the burial of a second urn, of a spouse or close relative.

    does it have to be a relative? can you “donate” the extra space to a person who would otherwise have no resources for a grave – i/e. homeless?

    Leslie
    I think my family has some 3/4 full sites and I’d like to get them to donate that extra plot…. but getting the deed and getting everyone to agree (this would be at OLA cemetery which you have the records of now right?)

    • Jennifer Mele says:

      Albany Diocesan Cemeteries manages Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Colonie. I’ll have one of our Family Service Representatives e-mail you to help answer your questions regarding your families remaining grave space.
      Thank you.

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