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Hamilton’s remains are interred at Trinity Church Graveyard in Lower Manhattan, a boon to street vendors selling to fans of the musical but to no one else.

What do you want to happen to your earthly remains?

You may have a family plot, family who live nearby and would find comfort in visiting your grave. Or not. You may think your entire body needs to be there. Or not.

You can direct what should happen with your earthly remains, and who should be in charge, by using Texas’ Body Disposition Affidavit, available as a free resource on our resource page: Resources/Appointment for Disposition of Remains

About 10 million Texans have signed up to donate their organs, making this known on their driver’s licenses but about 120,000 are on waiting for the right donor. If you have not signed up to donate your organs, you can spend 60 seconds signing up at www.donatelifetexas.org

You may want to help advance research in neuroscience, donating your brain to one of the six brain banks in the United States. Brain donation is compatible with other organ donation and with open casket funerals. Donating your brain can advance treatment for Alzheimer’s and other dementias, Parkinson’s, epilepsy and mental health conditions. Call 1-800-BRAINBANK (1-800-272-4622.)

You may want to advance medical science generally. UT San Antonio has a Willed Body program which will handle Central Texas donations, paying for basic embalming and transportation, at no cost to your family and return your cremains afterward. Call (210) 567-3900. UT San Antonio’s Willed Body program is not compatible with organ and brain donation. Some other Texas body donation programs are.

Baylor College of Dentistry
Department of Biomedical Sciences
3302 Gaston
Dallas, Texas 75246
fax 214-874-4538

Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza BCM 130
Houston, Texas 77030-3498
fax 713-790-0545

Parker University
Anatomical Gift Program
2540 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, Texas 75229

Texas A&M HSC College of Medicine
Dpt. of Neuroscience
8447 State Highway 47
Bryan, Texas 77807-3260
fax: 979-436-0086

Texas Chiropractic College
Department of Anatomy
(not a willed body program)
5912 Spencer Highway
Pasadena, Texas 77505
fax 281-487-0581

Texas Tech University School of Medicine
Department of Medical Education
3601 4th Street, Mail Stop 6525
Lubbock, Texas 79430-6525
fax 806-743-2990

UTHSC at Houston
Dpt. of Neurobiology & Anatomy
P.O. Box 20708
Mail Code 7762
Houston, Texas 77225
fax 713-500-0522

HT Health Science Center at San Antonio
Dpt. of Cellular & Structural Biology
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900
fax 210-567-3803

University of Texas Medical Branch
Dpt. of Anatomy & Neurosciences
Galveston, Texas 77555-0933
fax 409-772-2941

UTSWMC at Dallas
Dpt. of Anatomical Services
5323 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75390-9143
fax 214-648-6305

Texas Tech University Health Center
Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
Department of Medical Education
5001 El Paso Drive
El Paso, Texas 79905
fax 915-783-1715


Estate Planning attorney, Terry Garrett, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is active in the Texas and Austin Bar Associations. She graduated with honors from Cornell University. She was on the Dean’s List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.

She assists families of people with special needs, people planning for the retirement years and people administering estates.


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