“Access to family DNA allows Doctors the opportunity to accurately pinpoint, track, diagnose and prevent a wide range of illnesses from simple skin disorders to terminal cancer. The more familial DNA that is preserved, the greater chance of diagnosis and treatment. A family’s genetic legacy is invaluable”
We are all aware how important it is to know about our family history, particularly medical history. When we lose a loved one, we lose forever the ability to ask them further questions about the past. Even more importantly, when we cremate or bury a loved one, we lose all their genetic information which contains crucial information regarding family medical information and genealogical heritage – as all this information is contained in their DNA. Questions of “what diseases did we inherit in our genes” are becoming increasingly relevant in healthcare and DNA provides important and relevant information of both a family’s medical and genealogical history .
“Having access to one’s DNA heritage would greatly aid the understanding of many diseases such as prostate cancer…For families with rare diseases, again access to stored familial DNA may well help care in the future”
Professor Nicholas James, Director of the Cancer Research Unit at The University of Warwick, England and Professor of Clinical Oncology, Cancer Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, England, October 2014.
DNA Memorial provides a family the last opportunity to collect the treasure of your deceased loved one’s DNA; critical information which is important for generations to come. Through funeral homes* we collect your loved one’s DNA and our proprietary process allows for indefinite room temperature storage. Alternatively, if you are pre-planning your funeral then you can preserve your own DNA ensuring that your family has future access to your genetic history thereby helping to safeguard their future.
“DNA Banking preserves the opportunity for future research or clinical testing and may provide critical opportunities for surviving relatives”
American Association of Clinical Oncology
“Why taking the DNA of a deceased loved one could help save your life”
Daily Mail 1st September 2015 – click here
WE BELIEVE THAT FAMILIES SHOULD BE PROVIDED INFORMATION TO MAKE EDUCATED FUNERAL DECISIONS.
Making funeral arrangements for a deceased loved one is emotional and decisions are even more difficult when coupled with grief. Death is final; and some of the decisions made during funeral arrangements have long term impact. If your loved one has not collected their own DNA sample prior to death, the last opportunity is through the funeral director. Many people are choosing cremation for final disposition which is irreversible and consequently all medical DNA and genealogical information is lost by the cremation process. Cremated remains contain no DNA. Equally, once a person is buried, exhumation is not usually possible due to legal and financial reasons.
Our core product is DNA Home Banking (Storage). To compliment DNA home storing, we offer the opportunity for you to choose to have DNA infused into a range of exclusively hand crafted jewellery and Remembrance Crystal products. The DNA Infusion Collection captures the very essence of your loved one – all lovingly crafted by our glass artists based at the historic Red House Glass Cone in Stourbridge, England.
Our DNA Memorial funeral home providers are professionals and trained to retrieve a sample from either a deceased person or from someone who is pro-actively wishing to store their DNA as part of funeral planning. The DNA sample is obtained through both a cheek swab and hair extraction. The DNA sample is then sent to our laboratory where our DNA scientists extract the DNA. Using our unique proprietary processes we preserve this genetic information allowing the DNA to be stored intact at room temperature almost anywhere. DNA otherwise degenerates over time and our processes ensure that the whole DNA strand is kept intact and preserved indefinitely for future medical or genealogical testing. DNA Memorial do not store information or test the DNA for medical or genealogical purposes; we simply provide a sample which can be stored indefinitely for future testing.
WHEN WE LOSE A LOVED ONE, THEIR MEMORY BECOMES A TREASURE; HOWEVER THEIR DNA IS PRICELESS FOR GENERATIONS THAT FOLLOW.
© 2015 – DNA Memorial