Reasons why a bequest may not be accepted.

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Regrettably it is not always possible to accept a bequest. While we are anxious that people should leave their bodies to us in sufficient numbers, no guarantee can be given that a bequest will be accepted and we hope you will understand that this does not mean any ingratitude on our part. Among other considerations, the cause of death itself, body size or a post mortem examination could have made the body unsuitable for anatomical examination, the object of which is the study of the normal structure of the body. Sometimes it is not possible to accept simply for operational reasons.

If the donation cannot be accepted, responsibility for burial or cremation rests with the executors or next of kin.

There is no upper age limit for bequeathing a body.