Just signed up to be an organ donor and then became nervous. As I see it might guarantee that I don’t remain in a coma on the table for a long period of time. The harvesters will surely come and take away whatever left is useful in some sort of last moment horror.
But as I poked around in the idea of being useful after death suddenly it became less straight forward. There is a lot of money in dead humans. One multi-million dollar industry that promotes itself as educational is the Bodies exhibition. Its not about science, art or education...its purely a means of making a lot of money. Here is a great article about some of the bodies in the exhibition 'leaking' because they were possibly a rush job. Some museum proprietors are protesting the exibits but I think the best protest is simply not to donate one self to become a rush job mock-up to line someone elses pockets.
This naturally led to the question of 'well why not if they pay me now.' Seems that it is hard to find groups that will pay for your body while you are alive. Who is the best in body donation? Well at least Life Quest will cremate you for free (estimated value $700 dollars). They are still making a ton of money. Found one estimated cost of a kidney to be £1,575, which includes transportation of the organ and a fee for organ donation programs. Your skin, tendons, bones, valves, organs, eyes, and just about everything else is very valuable. Thus one body=bankroll!