Service of Thanksgiving

Every year, a large number of generous and public-spirited individuals donate their bodies to the University so that it can continue to provide high quality teaching, training and research to its students and health professionals. Every three years we host a Service of Thanksgiving that is dedicated to all those who donated their bodies and who have thus contributed, even after death, to the benefit of future generations.

A new memorial stone has been installed in Abercromby Square to honour our donors. We hope the memorial stone will become a place of quiet reflection for the families and friends of our donors.

Speaking at the Thanksgiving Service in 2020, Professor Dame Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, said:

"There is no typical donor, but what they do all have in common is that they are incredibly brave and generous individuals. We owe a great debt to them and to their families and friends for supporting their decision. It is right that these generous individuals are properly honoured and remembered for their gift to society and we hope that the new memorial stone is seen as a fitting tribute.”

Feedback about Service

Below is small selection of emails and messages we received from the family and friends of our donors, who attended our Service of Thanksgiving 2020:

 "Thank you to you and all your colleagues for such a beautiful and uplifting service. I found it quite emotional but also very informative about the work you carry out at the University."

"I wanted to write and thank you for arranging the Service of Thanksgiving for all the body donors' families. It was a beautiful and moving tribute to them and we felt very proud of our father. I will remember it for a long time."

"On behalf of myself, my family and friends, a big 'Thank You' to you all for a wonderful Service of Thanksgiving. The service was an enlightening, humbling, and uplifting experience. To see the photographs of all the marvelous ‘silent teachers’ was lovely. Again, thank you so much."

"Like, I suspect, most people I hadn’t really given much thought to the need for and issues surrounding body donation until my parents told me that they wished to donate their bodies. I learned so much more during yesterday’s service. It was great to hear from those involved in teaching and learning."

You can read the feedback we received in full in the following PDF:

 HARC Service of Thanksgiving 2020 Feedback