|I was first
introduced to the concept of securing DNA by a funeral director earlier
this year. DNA has become a household word these days, one that we
generally think of in terms of genealogy, genetics or paternity.
This was the first time I considered the concept of how we are radically
re-shaping the death care sector by the permanent eradication of a personís
DNA by the cremation process.
As a funeral consumer, whether
you are considering burial or cremation for yourself or loved one, there
are facts that you must know:
Cremation is an irreversible
process. Unlike burial, once the disposition takes place, it is final.
All genealogical and medical
DNA is destroyed by the cremation process.
After burial, disinterment
is costly; both financially and emotionally.
cremation eliminates all trace
of DNA and no DNA sample can be obtained from cremated remains.
Secure your DNA before you die
Collecting your own DNA while
you are alive or collecting DNA from your deceased loved one prior to final
disposition is an important decision. Why? DNA provides your
family important genetic information that can be used to trace, diagnose
and may assist in future prevention of diseases. Additionally, DNA can
reveal the roadmap to where you came from and who is in your lineage.
If you travel, are a first responder, or if you are a member of the armed
forces, securing and banking your DNA may prove valuable in cases of disaster.
In the event you are in the unfortunate position to make the decision of
DNA collection for your loved one, doing so prior to final disposition
will prove invaluable.
Cremation is now fast-becoming
the preferred disposition choice for families in the USA, yet many people
do not take into account that a
Even if you opt for burial,
obtaining a DNA sample prior to interment can eliminate any need to consider
how a DNA sample could be obtained from a deceased relative at a later
date. Exhuming a body is expensive and unpleasant!
Why secure your DNA?
Medical advancements are changing
how we understand genetic conditions. Securing your DNA can help
your surviving family unlock the mystery of our DNA heritage to assist
How can you secure your DNA?
The process is so simple.
The service offered by Secure My DNA does no testing on the sample, merely
retains a sample in the event you should wish to test it in the future.
A swab sample is taken and the DNA extracted and sealed with silicone.
How much does it cost to obtain
a DNA sample for legacy purposes?
There are various options available.
The basic package starts at $295 and provides a sample vial in a ring box
for secure home banking, or alternatively you can opt for a memorial DNA
portrait of your loved one. If you would prefer to store the DNA
sample securely in a special DNA bank facility this costs $595. Other
options include storing a DNA sample within a piece of custom-made jewelry
and prices start at $595.
SecureMyDNA provides a relatively
inexpensive way to protect your familyís legacy and ensure future generations
will always have access to important DNA data should they need it.
Visit the SecureMyDNA
||Expert Author: Sara
Sara is the Editor in Chief
for US Funerals Online and has been researching and writing about the death
care industry in the US for the last 5 years.