Comments on dissection. Day 1... 'This is not a normal Monday'. When the time comes, I'm donating my body to medical science.
That decision gives something deeply powerful, meaningful, & mysterious to others who care enough about their fellow humans to do this - investigate, appreciate, & pass on their learning into teaching or facilitating healing.
My major realizations... 1. I can do this. I thought I could but how can you be sure? Understandably, the idea of death & dissection is considered strange & unsettling to most people. It turns out that there is absolutely no issue - for me or for any other first-timers with us. Thank goodness - it's a profound experience to knowledge & learning. Briefing, procedures, processes are with utmost care & respect.
2. Underneath skin, every single one of us is vastly different before we reach the anatomy (muscular layer - we are taking 3 days to get there). Vastly. Every body we are working on (6 of them) is absolutely different to the other in amazing ways to make sense of.
3. In death, this is their one final journey. A way of living on, if you will. Interestingly, I can probably guarantee that they have never been revered this much for absolutely everything about them, & with so much care. There is so much appreciation in this process for the body that has been donated & the secrets it's holding. Observations are made with so much affection.
This is day 1. Just by looking at our cadavers, it's clear that the next 9 days are going to be pretty special.