Annual Memorial Service
Each year, the second year medical students organize a memorial service to honor the donors of the past year and show their gratitude to the families of the donors. Over 500 family members, friends, faculty, and students attend this annual service of appreciation. The service generally includes a secular vigil and dedication ceremony, speakers from the medical school, and informal opportunities for families of donors to speak with medical students. Families of donors who have died in the year prior to the memorial service are invited to attend, however all families and friends of individuals who have donated themselves to the program are welcome to attend each year.
It is not uncommon for the students to write notes and poems of appreciation in honor of the once-living individuals who have enabled the students to learn about anatomy and had a powerful impact on their lives. Students also leave flowers and other offerings of appreciation with the donors at the end of the anatomy course.
Donor Memorial Site
Due to weathering, the memorial bench and marker has been removed from the UC Davis campus. The UC Davis Body Donation Program, along with The School of Medicine, is currently working on a new memorial site. We will provide updates as soon as they become available.
The UC Davis Arboretum is one of the most-visited destinations on campus. It relies on private support for its continued growth and development. A donation to the Arboretum and Public Garden becomes a lasting gift to the entire community. It helps maintain the unique heritage of campus landscapes. For more information visit the UC Davis Arboretum website.