By the time students here wield their scalpels, they will know the dead intimately, composing poems and slide shows to them, writing their biographies and sometimes lighting incense in their honor. When they are finished, the students will carry the donors’ coffins to the crematory, mourning them as their “silent mentors” who taught them with their bodies.

Read about how a Buddhist nun in Taiwan has used religious teachings to change a long-standing aversion to cadaver donation.  Maybe ideas like this can be used to promote organ donation by the living.