Murray Ballard, from the book ‘The Prospect of Immortality’
OK, I want give cryogenics a go. How do I sign up?
First you need to check if it is legal in your country. Many countries have legislation that restricts the preservation of dead bodies. French law, for example, states that a corpse must be buried, cremated or formally donated to science. British Columbia in Canada has specific legislation that forbids people from being cryogenically frozen there after death, but allows a body to be stored that has been preserved elsewhere.
There are no cryonics facilities in Europe, so you will have to register with a facility abroad. In the UK, there are no restrictions on moving a body overseas, but to do this you will need a form, which can be provided by a coroner or registrar. You can become a member of, a charity that provides volunteer standby and stabilisation services to cryonics patients. The charity’s employees will begin the first stages of cryopreservation and arrange delivery to your chosen facility. Some funeral directors can also provide these initial cool-down services.
Once you’ve got a handle on the legalities, you must choose a cryonics organisation. Thein Michigan and in Arizona are the two most prominent in the US. Russia has a cryonics facility called KrioRus. In Australia, a cryonics facility is being built by All of these facilities accept international members.
You can talk to people at the organisation about the process, and may be able to take a …