“Access to family DNA allows doctors the opportunity to 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.”
The death of a loved one has traditionally meant the loss of family history. Memories fade and so does important information such as genealogical heritage and medical history. Questions of “what diseases did we inherit in our genes” and “where do we come from” will be asked many generations from now. DNA provides important and relevant information of 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
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
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 prior to final disposition. Many people are choosing cremation for final disposition which is irreversible and consequently all genealogical and medical DNA is lost during the cremation process. Cremated remains contain no DNA. Correspondingly, once a person is buried, exhumation is very expensive costing thousands of dollars and is often not possible.
Our core product/service is DNA Home Banking and Home Banking is also provided with every purchase of Secure Home Banking. As well as being able to store your loved one’s DNA at home we also offer a secure banking service at our own facilities. Finally, to compliment any DNA banking product, we can provide custom hand made jewelry which contains your loved one’s DNA. It captures the very essence of who they were and is the ultimate in unique keepsakes.
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. This sample may be obtained through a buccal swab or hair. The sample is then sent to our laboratory where our biotechnological scientists extract and purify the DNA. It is then treated and thus preserved indefinitely using our unique and proprietary process. Your genetic information can now be stored intact, almost anywhere. Without preservation, DNA degenerates with time. Our process ensures that the whole DNA strand is kept intact and ready for medical or genealogical testing. Your genome (your whole DNA sequence) contains an estimated 3,000,000,000 DNA base pairs; an incredible amount of valuable information. It would take 50 years to type it out at a rate of 60 words per minute for 8 hours per day. Unwrapped, it would reach the moon and back 300 times! Want to know more about DNA? click here.
DNA Memorial allows a family the last chance to collect their deceased loved one’s DNA (or a living person’s DNA obtained as part of the funeral planning process) subsequently providing banking and keepsake options. We do not test the DNA for genealogical or medical purposes; we simply provide a preserved DNA sample. This can be stored indefinitely for future testing if the family requires it, or desires it. Our secure facility banking and customer security process prevents anyone, whether governmental or insurance based, to access to your loved one’s DNA. Alternatively, we can send the DNA sample directly to you for your own private genetic record.
WHEN WE LOSE A LOVED ONE, THEIR MEMORY BECOMES A TREASURE; HOWEVER THEIR DNA IS PRICELESS FOR GENERATIONS THAT FOLLOW.
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