One of the people who responded to Claire Rayner's dilemma (see last post) suggested that since Claire had been a nurse she was surprised she hadn't considered donating her body to science, avoiding the need for a conventional funeral.
Now, why didn't I think of that? I've got the forms to donate my body to a teaching hospital near here - must get around to filling them in.
There's a shortage of cadavers, so medical students are not being given the opportunity to dissect real bodies, which isn't good.
After dissection, the bodies aren't simply discarded - they're cremated, with a committal ceremony attended by medical staff. A friend who died last year donated her body to science. Her family received a lovely thank you letter from the medical school, and a copy of the committal service address.
To donate your body, write to the nearest medical school - your local hospital will be able to tell you which one it is.