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More than 800 people attend ceremony for selfless “silent teachers” who loaned their bodies to future physicians to teach them to care, to heal
Pictured: Students in a canoe wave to mourners on shore. Vina Cristobal photo.
By Tina Shelton, JABSOM Communications Director
But after watching the medical students of the University of Hawaiʻi Willed Body Program honor her mother and the 179 other body donors recognized in a unique ceremony last Saturday, Meeker has changed her mind.
“So now I totally appreciate what she did. And I think it’s awesome. We’re going to go home and sign up. I hope that the University of
Following the memorial, a scattering ceremony was held off of Magic Island, where canoes carried the students out to sea, with Diamond Head in the background, to scatter the ashes of the dead along with flower lei, into the sparkling ocean waters. Mourners watched from the shore as the Celtic Pipes and Drums of Hawaiʻi played the bagpipes.
We have two videos, one featuring our interview with Ms. Meeker about her mother, Amy Toda Meeker, a woman Sarah described as ahead of her time — a feminist and a body donor. And we hear Sarah’s thoughts about the Hawaiʻi program.
And another by first-year medical student Andy Hwang (MD Class of 2022), a montage of the day’s events.
Photos by Vina Cristobal and Grant Yoneoka (MD 2022) on UH Med Flickr: