DNA: Did you realize that cremation destroys all traces of DNA?

This is something that many families would not even think about. Why…most people probably have not even thought about the consequences of the finality of a cremation! A cremation permanently destroys all traces of an individual’s DNA. There is no DNA that can be extracted from cremated remains.

Why you should think about securing a sample of your DNA?

With the cremation rate rising and rising, and more folks opting for a quick, simple, direct cremation as the most efficient and cost-effective way to handle a disposition; we are slowly eroding our mortal DNA heritage.

Although a costly and rather unpleasant process, DNA can still be extracted from human remains if a body is exhumed. Cremation is so final and no legacy of mortal remains that contain DNA are left behind.

You may be thinking “why is it so important to consider the destruction of DNA?” We have all become familiar with the term DNA today and understand that it can be applied in several fields to conclusively identify heritage. Whether it be tracing a family line, settling a paternity case, or identifying the perpetrator of a crime….DNA is each individual’s unique code.

With medical developments and interventions advancing as fast as they are today, having a sample of your parents, grandparents, or siblings’ DNA could prove a very valuable asset.

Higher Risk Individuals

If you are in the armed forces, are a first responder, or travel, you may wish to consider securing a sample of your DNA in the event there is a need to conclusively identify you.

Post-Mortem DNA collection

How do you obtain a DNA sample for legacy purposes?

You can secure your own DNA, or the DNA of a family member, with one simple process. A special kit enables you to collect your DNA sample, which is then sent off to a lab where it is bound in silicone and stored in a vial. This vial is then returned to you for safe-keeping at home or can be stored in a secure DNA banking facility.

SecuriGene is North American’s top DNA preservation and banking company.  They offer a service named DNA Legacy which is specifically targeted at preserving the DNA gene code of an individual after death (and prior to cremation) to create a lasting keepsake capsule for legacy purposes.

Either a family member or the funeral director must collect a DNA sample before embalming or cremation is conducted.  The sample is mailed to SecuriGene’s laboratory where it is processed and then the sample is returned to the family in a silver capsule with a full DNA report.

How much does DNA Legacy Collection cost?

The price for a DNA Legacy service ranges from $389 to $498, depending on if the sample is to be taken pre-need (with a salvia sample) before someone passes, or an at-need post-mortem sample is taken by a funeral director from the deceased.

A number of funeral homes are affiliated with SecuriGene’s DNA Legacy program and will be able to offer the service.  If your funeral home is not affiliated a kit can be ordered online.

To find out more visit DNA Legacy.