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 Anatomy Bequest Program Service of Gratitude was held at 7:00 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Northrop Memorial Auditorium.

Click here to view the service.

Invitation

Reflection speech by Hayley Sharma

Spoken word tribute by Health Science Students

Past services archives

2016 Service of Gratitude

2016 Service of Gratitude

The 2016 Service of Gratitude was held on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00 pm at the Northrop Auditorium.

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Program

Video

2015 Service of Gratitude

2015 Service of Gratitude

The 2015 Service of Gratitude was held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Northrop Auditorium.

Invitation

Poem: Donor Anatomy- Learning Humanity by James R. Carey, PhD, PT

Poem: Forever Teaching, Forever Giving by Diana Reader, Physical Therapy Student

Program

Video

2014 Service of Gratitude

2014 Service of Gratitude

The 2014 Service of gratitude was held on Tuesday, November 11th at Northrop Auditorium on the East Bank campus of the University of Minnesota. 

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Program

Video

2013 Service of Gratitude

2013 Service of Gratitude

The 2013 Service of Gratitude was held on Tuesday, November 19th at the Minneapolis Convention center.

Invitation

Program

Video

2012 Service of Gratitude

2012 Service of Gratitude

The 2012 Service of Gratitude was held on Monday, November 12th at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

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