HPU Holds ‘An Impact Beyond Life’ Memorial Service

High Point University’s Congdon School of Health Sciences held its annual “An Impact Beyond Life” memorial service for those who gave to the Willed Body Program this year.


The memorial service this year featured the lighting of a candle for the 37 silent teachers being honored with a cascading urn wreath, a special donor video slide show and music provided by the graduate students.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 10, 2019 – High Point University’s Congdon School of Health Sciences held its third annual “An Impact Beyond Life” memorial service honoring the Willed Body Program donors on Dec. 6. The service honored donors of HPU’s Willed Body Program who have helped educate HPU students in 2019.

Through the Willed Body Program, donors contribute to the education of future health care providers in HPU’s academic programs, while also receiving a high-level of care in their end-of-life planning.

“Connection, selflessness, intellect, courage, humanity and generosity— I have gained insights into all of these things from the Willed Body Program,” said Kim Jakubowski, doctoral student of physical therapy and member of the class of 2022. “What I’ve learned from our donors is powerful. I couldn’t be more grateful for the rewarding experience of learning from our silent teachers.”

HPU students from each of the three CSHS graduate programs, physician assistant studies, physical therapy and athletic training, as well as undergraduate students studying advanced anatomy, attended the event. The donor families participated in a reception after the service and were able to interact with the students.

The ceremony this year included students lighting one candle for the 37 silent teachers who were honored during the service. The candle was surrounded by a cascading urn wreath that had 37 pink flowers in it signifying the donors and their gratitude for them.

“This ceremony allowed us as students to show how incredibly grateful we are to these selfless donors for being our first patients,” said Sarah Brown, physician assistant studies student and member of the class of 2021. “They provided us with an experience that will stay with us forever.”

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