Instructions for Completing the CryoCare Membership Documents


CryoCare's legal signup documents are provided online for 
informational purposes only. 

For security reasons, and because of the possibility of text 
being corrupted in transmission, we prefer you *not to sign*
any documents that you receive from us electronically. If you 
are interested in becoming a CryoCare member, we will be 
delighted to mail you our documents as hardcopy, ready for 
your signature. 

The instructions below can be read in conjunction with our 
documents to explain their function and purpose. But once 
again, please do not actually fill out and sign any forms 
that you obtain via the Internet. 

Thank you!

--Charles Platt, Vice President, CryoCare Foundation


                Instructions for Completing the CryoCare Membership Documents
                (for further information call 1-800-TOP-CARE)

                     "Why are there so many forms?" 
                     The main purpose of the paperwork that we've sent you is 
Purpose         to protect you if you become a patient in our care. In the
of the          past, cryonics has come under attack from bureaucrats and 
paperwork       regulators. Also, relatives of cryonics patients have 
                attempted to prevent cryopreservation from taking place, or 
                they've tried to seize funds which had been allocated for 
                future care of cryonics patients. 
                     Frozen patients are unable to protect themselves. They 
                don't even have any rights under the law. Therefore, we have 
                to be extremely careful about defending them from any 
                conceivable challenge. Detailed legal documents are the only 
                way this can be done. 
                     "Why are there three copies of everything?" 
                     You need one copy, CryoCare needs a copy, and the third 
                copy is needed by the service provider whom we hire to carry 
                out cryopreservation procedures. 
                     "I have a hard time dealing with these forms." 
                     Making arrangements with a cryonics organization is no 
Coping          fun at all. It forces you to think about your own mortality. 
with            Some people have found this so difficult, they have put off 
mortality       signing their documents for months or even years. 
                     Remember, though: the intention of cryonics is to save 
                your life. Even if cryonics offers only a chance of success, 
                that's still a whole lot better than the oblivion which is 
                absolutely guaranteed if you put off making arrangements and 
                allow yourself to die conventionally. 
                     We will be glad to help you cope with the psychological 
                implications of this paperwork. On the plus side, many people 
                have told us that after they finally get through the sign-up 
                process, they feel a new peace of mind that they never 
                experienced before. It can be a source of comfort to face up 
                to mortality and actually do something about it. 
                     At the same time, though, we are not suggesting that you 
                put unreasoning faith in cryonics. This is an unproven, 
                speculative procedure, and you'll find that in these forms, 
                we've been painfully honest about its limitations. We have to 
                be honest in this way; otherwise, we would not deserve your 
Definitions          "How do I begin?" 
of cryonics          Let's start with a quick summary of the basics. You'll 
terminology     probably known some of these terms already, but others are new 
                and specific to CryoCare. 
                     Cryonics means preserving a person after legal death in 
                such a way that the tissues and neural states are relatively 
                undamaged, so that there is some chance for life to resume in 
                the future. 
                     Cryopreservation is the proper term for preservation of 
                tissues at low temperatures. "Human cryopreservation" means 
                the same thing as "cryonic suspension," but we prefer to avoid 
                talking about cryonic suspension because that phrase has never 
                been accepted or understood by the medical community. 
                     A cryoprotectant is a chemical such as glycerol which 
                partially replaces water in cells and reduces the damage that 
                can be caused when cells are frozen. 
                     Cryoprotective perfusion means introducing a 
                cryoprotectant into a person's circulatory system, so that it 
                seeps into all the vulnerable tissues, especially in the 
                     A cryopreservation member of CryoCare is someone who has 
                completed all the paperwork and has been formally accepted by 
                     A patient (as far as we're concerned) is a member who has 
                been placed in cryopreservation. 
                     Long-term care means the continued maintenance of a 
                patient in cryopreservation until a time when there is some 
                hope of resuscitation. 
                     A Patient Director is a director of CryoCare whose 
                primary concern is the welfare of the patients. CryoCare also 
                has Member Directors, who are concerned with everyday matters 
                of running the organization. There are some issues, such as 
                the safety of patients, which Member Directors are not allowed 
                to vote on. 
                     A Patient Advocate is a person or group of people acting 
                on behalf of a patient. Each member of CryoCare is encouraged 
                to set up a Patient Advocate to protect his/her interests 
                after legal death. 
                     How to tackle your paperwork 
                     We suggest that first of all, you should read through the 
                documents to familiarize yourself with them. Keep this booklet 
                close by, and examine the forms in the sequence described 
                below. These instructions should answer most of the questions 
                that may come to mind, although you should bear in mind that 
                this booklet does not constitute legal advice, and is just an 
                informal guide. If you have any unresolved questions, please 
                don't hesitate to call us for information. 
                     After you've read the forms, it's time to think about 
Signing         signing them. Several of them must be signed in the presence 
your            of witnesses, so do not sign until your witnesses are actually 
documents       observing the event. This is not a formality; it's very 
                     After the forms have been signed, send all copies of them 
                to us. If all your arrangements are in order, we will 
                countersign the agreements and return one set of forms to you, 
                at which point CryoCare has formally accepted the 
                responsibility  of your membership. 
                     Okay, let's begin with: 
                     Application for Cryopreservation 
                     This form is intended as a central storage place for all 
                the most important facts about you. The information will be 
The need        vital to us, and to you, if you experience an emergency. Here 
for             are some notes on the sections that may not seem self 
personal        explanatory: 
details              Section II. We request these details about your spouse, 
                children, parents, and siblings because in a health crisis, 
                you may be unable to notify your relatives, and we will need 
                to do it for you. Also, if relatives become involved in 
                decisions about your health care, it's helpful to us to know 
                who they are. 
                     Section III. We need to know about your doctor and the 
                hospital (s)he's affiliated with, because their cooperation 
                may be vital for you to receive prompt, effective 
                     In Section III, part 1, we ask if your physician or HMO 
                will be cooperative. Give us just a rough idea, if you can. 
The                  We also ask you about the Physician's Affidavit. This is 
Physician's     an optional form that we can supply, asking your doctor not to 
Affidavit       interfere with your cryopreservation. In our experience, most 
                physicians will not want to sign this document. Don't bother 
                to ask us for it unless your doctor seems very open-minded 
                about cryonics. 
                     Section IV. We need these legal details because in the 
                event of your death, some people may dispute your desire for 
Our policy           Section VI. We have limited resources, and our number-one 
re your         obligation is to conserve our funds so that CryoCare remains 
financial       strong and can properly protect the patients who are already 
arrangements    frozen. Therefore, we can only cryopreserve people who have 
                made proper arrangements to pay for the procedure. We will 
                verify your arrangements before we can authorize your 
                cryopreservation. Naturally, we want the verification process 
                to be as quick as possible, which is why we need all the 
                details in this section. 
                     Note that this form does not need to be witnessed or 
                notarized. Sign at the bottom of the last page, and that's it. 
                If there are any sections which you can't fill in, leave them 
                blank and include a note of explanation. If anything happens 
                to change or invalidate the information you have provided, 
                please let us know. 
                     The next form we'll tackle is the Cryopreservation 
                Agreement. But before we deal with this, we have to settle 
                some details in an "attachment" to it. If you turn the pages, 
                sooner or later you should find:  

                     Decisions Concerning the Member's Cryopreservation 
                     The process of completing this form will clarify a lot of 
                points about cryonics in general and CryoCare in particular. 
Our                  1. Selection of Service Providers. CryoCare does not 
cryonics        freeze people. It employs other, specialized providers to 
service         carry out the procedures of cryopreservation, long-term care, 
providers       and the investment of cryopreservation fees. Eventually, there 
                should be many service providers, and we will encourage our 
                members to choose freely among them. Currently, however, we 
                only have contracts with BioPreservation for cryopreservation 
                services and CryoSpan for long-term care, and the names of 
                these companies have been inserted in this form. When there 
                are more companies to choose from, we'll give you the option 
                of changing your selection. 
                     2. Method of Cryopreservation. Some people feel that when 
                medicine is sufficiently advanced to repair cells and revive 
                cryonics patients, it should be relatively easy to "grow" a 
                new body. If this turns out to be true, you only need to 
                preserve your brain right now, to keep your personality and 
                memories intact. 
Advantages           This option is known as neuropreservation. Since it 
of neuro-       enables significantly lower storage costs, the 
preservation    cryopreservation fee is much lower (see Schedule A, Annual 
over            Membership Fees and Fees for Cryopreservation, for current 
whole-body      rates.) 
                     The neuropreservation option also allows a faster cooling 
                rate (which may help to minimize freezing damage) and easier 
                transportability (which could be a safety factor if it is ever 
                necessary for patients to be moved in a hurry--for instance, 
                if there is civil unrest endangering our patients). 
                     Your decision regarding the method of cryopreservation is 
                an important one, and we urge you to contact us if you have 
                questions about it. 
                     3. Disposal of Non-Cryopreserved Portion of Human 
                Remains. If you have selected the "neuro" option, the rest of 
                your body will not be frozen and must be dealt with 
                conventionally. CryoCare has access to facilities for 
                cremation, but if you require burial, you must make 
                arrangements for your remains to be claimed by your next of 
                     Even if you have opted for whole-body cryopreservation, 
                it is conceivable that at some time in the future, you may 
                need to be converted to neuro status. (Circumstances which 
                might make this necessary are described later in these 
                instructions.) Therefore, everyone needs to deal with this 
                section of the form. 
                     Please note that if you opt for neuropreservation, it 
                will not be possible to donate your organs for transplant or 
                research, because cryoprotective perfusion renders the organs 
                     4. Criteria for Cryopreservation. We can't predict the 
Situations      capabilities of future science. Possibly, nanotechnology will 
where you       enable substantial repair in cases where the brain has been 
may not want    harmed. This being so, you may want us to proceed with your 
us to act       cryopreservation even in cases of severe brain damage. 
                     It may be possible, some time in the future, for science 
                to clone an exact copy of you from a small tissue sample taken 
                from any part of your body. In this case, your clone will not 
                possess any of your memories. Some people feel that this is 
                not worthwhile, but to others, it provides some comfort. 
                Decide for yourself, and if there are circumstances under 
                which you don't want us to cryopreserve you, state them 
                clearly in the space provided. 
                     Please note that accidental death almost always results 
                in an autopsy, which typically results in a long period of 
                warm ischemia (harmful lack of blood flow) followed by 
                dissection of the brain. You may not want us to cryopreserve 
                you if this occurs. Please let us know. 
Situations           5. Cryopreservation Not Possible. Our cryopreservation 
where we        service providers will do everything humanly possible to 
cannot act      fulfill their contractual and moral obligations, but there may 
                be factors beyond anyone's control. For example, in the past, 
                there have been cases where obstructive officials, medical 
                personnel, or coroners have made it impossible for us to 
                proceed. If something like this happens, what should we do 
                with your cryopreservation fee? 
                     Public Disclosure. If you require us not to divulge your 
                name, we will scrupulously respect your wishes. Before making 
Privacy         this choice, however, you should bear in mind that cryonics 
vs.             will become safer and more reliable when more people start to 
publicity       take it seriously, and we can help to achieve this by 
                publicizing our work. A case of cryopreservation always seems 
                more compelling and more human if we can tell the world some 
                facts about the patient. In a sense, then, it may be 
                ultimately in your own interests to allow us to mention your 
                name and other details. 
Paying               7. Required Cryopreservation Funding Minimums. 
for our              Your cryopreservation fee is the sum which we believe 
services        will pay for the procedure of your cryopreservation and the 
                ongoing costs of long-term care. Often (not always), a member 
                will arrange for this fee to be paid upon legal death by 
                naming CryoCare as beneficiary of a life insurance policy. 
                This means that CryoCare receives the "face value," or payout, 
                of the policy. The advantage of this setup is that it is 
                reliable and secure. By contrast, a bequest in a will can be 
                challenged easily, and legal fees can eat into the bequest 
                itself. For this reason, CryoCare will not normally allow 
                members to make provision for their cryopreservation fee via a 
Bequests        bequest. 
                     Minimum funding is the amount which we think is 
                absolutely necessary. From this fee, we pay your 
                cryopreservation costs and our own one-time administration 
                fee. We then place all the remaining money in an individual 
                account for you in The Patient Care Trust, where it will be 
                invested as safely as possible by experienced money managers. 
                Interest which is earned by the investments will be sufficient 
                to pay for your long-term care, assuming that the rate of 
                interest will be at least two percent greater than the rate of 
                     8. Administration and Readiness Fees. Our service 
                providers have to maintain equipment in a state of readiness. 
                CryoCare itself has overheads which must be paid. This is why 
                we charge you an annual fee. 
Additional           10. Choices for Funding Over the Minimum. We encourage 
insurance       you to make arrangements for CryoCare to receive more than 
                minimum funding, if possible, so that extra money can be set 
                aside under your name in The Patient Care Trust as a safeguard 
                against emergencies and to pay for your eventual 
                resuscitation. Alternatively, you can direct that some of the 
                money should be used for other purposes, as described in this 
                     That's it for the decision-making process. Later, we'll 
                ask you to think about setting up a Patient Advocate, but you 
                can take some extra time over that. It does not have to be 
                done before you can become a member of CryoCare. 
                     It's now time to tackle the main course in this feast of 
                     Cryopreservation Agreement 
                     This document describes what we will do for you and what 
                we expect from you in return. Now that you've filled out the 
                previous form, a lot of this one should make sense. 
                     Note that the legal use of the words "should" and "shall" 
                is quite distinct: "should" is something that is advisable but 
                not mandatory, while "shall" means there's an obligation which 
                must be satisfied. 
                     I. Duties of the Member. 
                     Sections 1-7. If you have dealt with Decisions Concerning 
                the Member's Cryopreservation, these sections need no 
                explanation. If you have not yet tackled Decisions Concerning 
                the Member's Cryopreservation, please do so before you 
                     Section 8. We will provide you with as many copies as you 
                need of the Relative's Affidavit, which is what you need in 
                order to satisfy the requirement of this section. See below 
                for instructions re the Relative's Affidavit. 
Cancelling           Section 10. "In propria persona" means you have to do it 
your            yourself, and no one else can do it for you. Why do we make it 
membership      so inconvenient for you to cancel your CryoCare membership? 
                Because we need to be certain that it is what you really want. 
                An example will make this clear. Suppose a member named Jack 
                Frost has suffered a stroke which impairs his ability to 
                communicate, and Jack's sister is managing his affairs. In the 
                past, she went along with his desire to be frozen, because she 
                was fond of him, and she got tired of arguing about it. But 
                now that Jack seems near death, his sister decides it's time 
                to stop all this nonsense. There are medical bills which need 
                to be paid, and it's ridiculous that the money from Jack's 
                life insurance is going to be wasted on this wacky cryonics 
                business. Jack's sister has power of attorney, which gives her 
                the right to sign legal documents on his behalf. So, she 
                writes to CryoCare to cancel Jack's membership--at which point 
                she finds that because of this section of the Cryopreservation 
                Agreement, there's nothing she can do. Jack's desire for 
                cryopreservation cannot be challenged, even though Jack is no 
                longer in a position to speak for himself. 
Transferring         Section 13. If you are currently a member of a different 
from other      cryonics organization, you may wonder how you're supposed to 
cryonics        change your financial arrangements (e.g. the beneficiary of 
organizations   your insurance policy) so that this takes effect at the same 
                moment when we sign this document and you become a member of 
                CryoCare. Don't worry; we have another form titled Agreement 
                to Transfer Responsibility for Cryonic 
                Suspension/Cryopreservation which guarantees continuous 
                cryonics coverage for you, even if the financial arrangements 
                and the legal paperwork are completed at different times. See 
                below for instructions on the Agreement to Transfer. 
                     II. Duties of Cryocare. 
Med Alert            Section 1. There are two types of identification tag 
bracelets       available: neck tags and bracelets. Some people prefer the 
and neck tags   neck tag because it's less obtrusive. Other people feel that 
                the bracelet is more likely to be noticed, which may be 
                important in case of emergency. It's your choice 
                     Section 2. You should be aware of the sequence of events 
Actual          that typically unfolds when one of our members needs help. A 
procedures      hypothetical case history may be the best way to make this 
following       clear. 
a remote             Jane Doe has a terminal heart condition. She has kept 
standby         CryoCare informed, and we have conferred with our friends at 
                BioPreservation, our cryopreservation service provider. Their 
                team leader, Mike Darwin, decides that he can't risk waiting 
                any longer. 
                     Mike flies out to the city where Jane is located, and he 
                establishes a friendly working relationship with the staff at 
                Jane's hospital. His equipment and supplies are shipped to him 
                by air, and the hospital allows him to set up in a room next 
                door to Jane's. Mike's team joins him at the hospital, and
                they reassure Jane that when the time comes, they will
                be ready. And then they wait. Since cryonics is not yet 
                an acknowledged medical procedure, they are powerless to act 
                while Jane is alive. 
Stabilization        When Jane stops breathing and her physician pronounces 
                legal death, Mike and his team quickly give her 
                cardiopulmonary support, forcing her lungs and heart to resume 
                functioning so that her brain is not deprived of oxygen. At 
                the same time, Jane is placed in a portable ice bath, since 
                her metabolic requirements will be much less when her 
                temperature is lower. As far as the hospital is concerned, 
                Jane is no longer alive; but from our point of view, it is 
                possible for her life to resume in the future--so long as she 
                is properly protected from ischemic injury, the deterioration 
                which begins quite quickly when there is lack of blood flow. 
                     Jane is injected with anticoagulants and other drugs, 
                after which her blood is replaced with an organ preservation 
                solution. At this point, her conditioin has been "stabilized." 
                She is enclosed in a special container full of bags of ice, 
                and is flown to Ontario, California. From here she is taken a 
                short distance to BioPreservation's operating room, where a 
                surgeon cannulates (attaches tubing to) her major arteries, 
Perfusion       and she is perfused with cryoprotectant. This is a delicate, 
                lengthy procedure. The concentration of cryoprotectant is 
                gradually increased, while temperature, pressure, and blood 
                gases are carefully monitored. 
                     Finally, Jane is placed in a special bath and cooled to -
                79 degrees Centigrade, the temperature of "dry ice." 
                     All of these duties have been carried out by the staff of 
                BioPreservation, while a representative from CryoCare 
                participates as an observer. Jane is now transferred to the 
                care of CryoSpan, the long-term storage company, which cools 
                her further to -196 degrees Centigrade, the temperature of 
                liquid nitrogen. At this point, Jane is encapsulated in a 
Encapsulation   stainless-steel dewar, and her cryopreservation is complete. 
                From this point on, she is in stasis. 
                     Even though Jane is now being maintained by CryoSpan, 
                CryoCare is still her legal custodian. It was CryoCare that 
                received her under the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, and 
                CryoCare has all her medical records and other documents. If 
                it ever seems that Jane would be better cared for elsewhere, 
                or if she is endangered for any reason, CryoCare and Jane's 
                Patient Advocate together have the authority to move her. If 
                all goes well, however, she will remain with CryoSpan for many 
                decades--until a time when cell-repair technology may be 
                capable of curing her and reversing any damage that was 
                inflicted by the freezing process. 
                     Obviously, each cryopreservation is different. But this 
                hypothetical case explains the duties of the companies 
                involved, and it describes the steps that most often occur, 
                together with our hopes for the future. 
Why we may           Section 3. You may feel nervous when you read that 
need to         CryoCare reserves the right to increase its annual fees and 
increase        its cryopreservation fees. What if you make arrangements for 
our fees        us to receive $60,000 in the event of your death--and then we 
                increase our fees at a later date, when it may be difficult 
                for you to buy more life insurance? 
                     One of our competing cryonics organizations guarantees 
                that it will never raise its cryopreservation fee for existing 
                members. But what will actually happen when many of these 
                members, who have minimal life insurance, eventually die? The 
                organization will receive payments which are no longer 
                sufficient to cover the real costs of cryopreservation and 
                long-term care. 
                     Probably, the cryonics organization will be able to cover 
                the "funding gap" with donations or with money that has been 
                provided by other patients. But we don't like the idea of 
                having to rely on donations, and we think it's wrong for one 
                person's cryopreservation fee to subsidize another patient who 
                didn't make sufficient arrangements. 
                     If you are frozen even though your cryopreservation 
                funding is insufficient to cover the actual costs of your 
                long-term care, this must really mean that in one way or 
                another, someone else is paying for you. And this means that 
                their funds will be diminished, which reduces their chances 
                for eventual resuscitation. 
                     We don't allow this. Each patient will have a separate 
                account in the Patient Care Trust, and it will not be possible 
                for one patient to benefit from another patient's money. This 
                may seem hard-hearted, but we believe in the concept of 
                individual responsibility. It's up to you to make sure that 
                your cryopreservation is properly covered. 
                     Here's what you can do to protect yourself. 
How to               First, make arrangements (if possible) for CryoCare to 
protect         receive more than the current minimum cryopreservation fee in 
yourself        the event of your legal death. 
from fee             Second, make sure that your life insurance is the type 
increases       that is adjusted annually for inflation. Most insurance 
                companies now provide this option. It means that your annual 
                premium will increase slightly as time goes by, but it also 
                guarantees that the value of your insurance payout will not 
                diminish in real terms. 
Fee                  One reassuring thought: as cryonics becomes more widely 
reductions      accepted, long-term costs should actually go down because of 
                economies of scale. We can't guarantee this, but we believe 
                that it will turn out to be true. For instance, a large-scale 
                vault capable of storing 100 patients should halve the per-
                person costs that we must currently pay for storage of 
                patients four at a time in dewars of liquid nitrogen. 
Prepayment           Section 5. It is possible for you to prepay some or all 
                of your cryopreservation fee, if you wish. The money will be 
                managed by the Patient Care Trust until it is needed. 
Investment           Section 7. We believe it is reasonable to assume that 
of patient      prudent management of funds by the Patient Care Trust will 
funds           generate a return which is at least two percent above the 
                prevailing rate of inflation. Historically, average 
                performance of the stock market has easily achieved this, 
                making it far more rewarding than any other form of 
                investment. Still, we can imagine "horror scenarios" such as a 
                massive market crash coupled with hyperinflation, and we must 
                warn you what will happen under these circumstances. 
Chemo-               Incidentally, "chemopreservation" means fixing the 
preservation    patient in a bath of (for example) formaldehyde. Assuming that 
                nanotechnology is eventually developed, we believe there is a 
                good chance that "nano machines" would be capable of breaking 
                the chemical bonds created by this procedure, so that there 
                may still be some chance for life to resume. 
Observing            Section 10. Normally, cryoprotective perfusion is 
cryonics        performed without outside observers. This is because it 
procedures      entails procedures similar to open-heart surgery, which might 
                be upsetting to many people. Sometimes, however, close 
                relatives have been permitted as observers, and they have 
                found it a very important and necessary experience. This must 
                be arranged on a case-by-case basis. 
CryoCare as          Section 14. Some people choose to make CryoCare the 
irrevocable     irrevocable beneficiary of life insurance or of a trust. The 
beneficiary     advantage of this is that it makes the money even more secure 
                from outside interference. The disadvantage is that it makes 
                it harder for you to change your mind. This section reassures 
                you that CryoCare will relinquish the arrangement if you ever 
                want us to. 
                     Now for a few grim warnings: 
                     Representations, Warranties, and Limits of Liability 
Guarding             Sections 1-16. We feel confident that we will keep our 
against         part of the bargain, as described in the previous part of this 
legal           document. Therefore, we think it is highly unlikely that one 
action          of our members should ever bring a legal action against us. 
                What worries us more is that a suit may be brought by 
                someone's relatives after the person has been placed in 
                     Cryonics is a highly ethical procedure in that it is 
                dedicated to the preservation of human life. But some people 
                don't see it that way. They suspect that cryonics is a cult, 
                or a scam, or a get-rich-quick scheme (even though no one has 
                ever gotten rich from cryonics, and some activists have 
                devoted most of their lives to it without receiving any 
                tangible return). 
                     In the past, we have seen relatives who are so outraged 
                by the decision of a loved one to be cryopreserved, they have 
                taken extreme measures to try to prevent it from happening. 
                Therefore, in this document, we have to itemize all our 
                limitations, so that we can never be accused of 
                misrepresenting ourselves. That is the underlying purpose of 
                many of the statements in this section. 
                     Please note that despite our disclaimers, we do guarantee 
                one thing: to act in good faith. We promise always to place 
                the interests of our patients first. 
                     IV. Contingencies 
                     Sections 1-10. This part of the form is concerned with 
                external factors that may interfere with your cryopreservation 
                or long-term care. Once again, we are attempting to foresee 
                every possible disaster that may occur. 
Long-term            V. Restoration to Life and Health 
stability            Now for the good news: we pledge that CryoCare will 
of CryoCare     attempt to arrange your resuscitation in the future. Of 
                course, by that time, the current directors of CryoCare are 
                likely to be frozen themselves, and we can't predict who will 
                be running CryoCare and what their priorities will be. On the 
                other hand, in our bylaws, we have taken great pains to 
                establish CryoCare in such a way that it will remain true to 
                its original purpose. A copy of these bylaws is available for 
                your inspection if you wish. 
                     Please note paragraph d) which suggests that you may want 
                to make a videotape of yourself, stating your wishes and hopes 
                for revival. We believe that people of the future may be moved 
                by personal statements from patients who are in 
                cryopreservation. If the only description of you is in your 
Videotaping     medical records, you are merely another patient. If you 
yourself        provide audio, video, and text records of yourself, then you 
                become an individual. Possibly, this may help to sustain a 
                link between yourself and your descendants, and may increase 
                your chance of resuscitation. Also, if you videotape yourself 
                stating your desire for cryopreservation, this is the best 
                possible defense if your intentions are ever challenged in a 
                court of law, after you are no longer able to speak for 
                     VIII. Miscellaneous 
                     Section 2. By specifying that disputes are to be resolved 
                by the American Arbitration Association, we are hoping to 
                avoid costly legal fees for everyone involved. 
                     X. Signature of Client 
                     Witnessing these forms is not a formality. If your wishes 
How to          are ever challenged, a witness may be called on to testify 
sign and        that your signature is authentic. 
witness              Remember that the people who witness your signature must 
your            not be your relatives, or health-care providers, or officers, 
documents       directors, or agents of CryoCare. We suggest that it's a good 
                idea if they are not hostile to the idea of cryonics. We also 
                suggest that they should be reasonably young and in good 
                     By the time you've worked your way through the 
                Cryopreservation Agreement, you've passed the half-way mark. 
                But you still have one major bridge to cross: 
Fully                Consent for Cryopreservation 
informed             Once again, we're going to ask you to think about all the 
consent         worst things that can happen to you--this time in even greater 
                detail. Why? Because we want to be able to prove, if 
                necessary, that you gave your consent with full awareness of 
                the risks. If we can show that we did not tempt you to give us 
                money, and we did not make wild promises of life eternal, then 
                no one can try to invalidate your cryopreservations on the 
                grounds that you didn't know what you were doing. 
                     Paragraph 2. Under the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, 
                CryoCare is allowed to take possession of people after their 
                legal death (provided they previously filled out the necessary 
                paperwork). However, the Gift Act is intended to apply 
                primarily to medical facilities or institutions that conduct 
                research. For this reason, it's important to emphasize that we 
Research        do conduct research, and therefore we qualify as recipients 
                under the Act. 
                     This does not mean, however, that we allow our patients 
                to be exposed to unnecessary risks. On the contrary, we take 
                extreme measures to protect them. 
                     Paragraph 5. One purpose of our research is to learn more 
                about the effects of long-term storage on human tissue. The 
                more we know, the better we can protect all our patients. The 
                tissue samples that may be taken for this purpose are, of 
                course, minuscule. 
What can             Paragraphs 7, 8, 9. This is the worst news we know how to 
go wrong        tell you. 
                     Paragraph 10. Let's suppose you wake up in the future, 
                and you don't like the way things have turned out. We don't 
                want you to blame us for not warning you about it. 
                     Paragraph 13. Many times, we have dealt successfully with 
                hospital staff and doctors who have been initially skeptical 
                about cryonics. But we can't guarantee to convince everyone, 
                every time. 
                     Paragraphs 14, 15. In these instructions, you have been 
                told some of the advantages of neuropreservation relative to 
                whole-body cryopreservation. Now this form tells you the 
                disadvantages of each procedure. 
                     Signature. Once again, your witnesses may not be 
                relatives of yours, or health-care providers, or officers or 
                agents of CryoCare. 
                     Now, at the risk of seeming repetitious, there is another 
                form relating to your consent. This is: 
                     Authorization of Anatomical Donation 
                     The Anatomical Gift Act is the law that enables us to 
                take legal possession of you after legal death is pronounced. 
                Therefore, it is absolutely essential for us to be able to 
                prove that this is your wish. 
Optional             When you've dealt with this, your form-signing session is 
extras          almost over. The forms that still remain are optional.  
                     Relative's Affidavit 
                     You may feel that this form is unnecessary. It may seem 
                inconceivable that the people closest to you might try to 
                interfere with your desire for cryopreservation. 
                     Well, you may be right, and we will accept you as a 
                member of CryoCare even if you are unwilling or unable to get 
                your relatives to sign Affidavits. 
                     Still, we would like you at least to try to get 
                Affidavits signed by the people closest to you--spouse, 
                parents, siblings, and children. We have learned the hard way 
Unpredictable   that people act unpredictably in times of stress. They may 
behavior of     seem happy to go along with your interest in cryonics today, 
relatives       because they don't take it seriously. But when the time comes 
                to freeze you, it may be a very different story, especially if 
                you have opted for neuropreservation, which some people find 
                     We have seen many cases where relatives suddenly became 
                angry or obstructive, causing delays that may reduce a 
                patient's chances of survival. Therefore, it's a good idea for 
                us to have Relative's Affidavits signed in advance wherever 
Deletions            If one of your relatives is basically willing to sign an 
                Affidavit but objects to a couple of individual paragraphs, 
                you may delete the offending text and get the person to 
                initial the deletion. A partially completed Affidavit is 
                better than no Affidavit at all. 
                     Patient Advocate Agreement 
                     This form is optional, and you may want to leave it till 
                later. You don't have to complete this form in order to become 
                a member of CryoCare. 
                     On the other hand, we do think that this Agreement is a 
Powers of       good idea. It's unique to CryoCare, because only CryoCare 
a Patient       allows you to nominate a person, or a group of people, to look 
Advocate        out for your interests after you are no longer able to. This 
                person or group of people is known as a Patient Advocate, and 
                has the power to make certain decisions if you become a 
                patient under the authority of CryoCare. In particular, a 
                Patient Advocate will have the right to monitor a patient's 
                wellbeing and can even demand that the patient be moved to a 
                different long-term care provider if this seems advisable. 
CryoCare's           Of course, CryoCare itself also takes responsibility for 
directors       the security of its patients. To this end, CryoCare has two 
                types of directors: Patient Directors, who have authority to 
                make decisions which affect the patients, and Member 
                Directors, who do not. 
                     Each Patient Advocate can vote for Patient Directors when 
                they are elected every two years. In this way, CryoCare is 
                controlled partly by the people who are most closely linked 
                with our most important people--the patients themselves. 
                     There's one snag, however. If a Patient Advocate consists 
                of just one person, that person must also be a member of 
                CryoCare before (s)he is allowed to vote. We refer to such a 
                person as a Pro-Patient Voter, because (s)he votes for the 
Pro-Patient     directors who act on behalf of the patients. 
Voter                If your Patient Advocate consists of a group of people, 
                it can only cast votes if it contains one person who is 
                designated by you as the Pro-Patient Voter; and again, that 
                person must be a member of CryoCare. It's up to you to decide 
                how the group's wishes are represented by the Pro-Patient 
                Voter, and how the group will perpetuate itself in the decades 
                to come. All we require is that you give us a copy of any 
                document(s) controlling the internal workings of your Patient 
                     This all sounds complex, but it enables important 
                feedback from people who are truly committed to the wellbeing 
                of our patients. 
                     Note that after you create a Patient Advocate, it has no 
                powers or functions so long as you are alive. If you are 
                placed in cryopreservation, then your Patient Advocate becomes 
                active to protect you. 
                     If you choose not to set up a Patient Advocate, you can 
                ignore this form. Under our bylaws, by default, our Patient 
                Directors will take on the full responsibility for patients 
                who lack advocates. But we think it's a better idea for you to 
                set up a Patient Advocate, so that you have a direct say in 
                your own eventual care. 
                     The form itself should now be self-explanatory. We'll 
                just remind you that in Article 1, Section 1.1, you should 
                fill out only part a, part b, part c, or part d, and delete 
                the other parts that do not apply to you. 
Help in              Your main problem will be finding people who are 
finding a       sufficiently motivated, knowledgable, caring, young, and 
Patient         healthy to serve as participants in your Patient Advocate. You 
Advocate        may contact us for advice on this, if you wish, and we may be 
                able to refer you to cryonics activists in your area who will 
                be willing to participate. 
                     A Final Note about Legal Documents 
                     If you have any suggestions about our paperwork, we want 
                to hear them. Cryonics is still a relatively new field, and 
                it's possible that you may think of something that we have 
We want              Also, please feel free to show our documents to an 
your            attorney, and pass on to us any comments that the attorney 
feedback        makes. We want the agreements to be as good as they can be. If 
                there's something we can do to make them better, we'll be glad 
                to take the necessary time and trouble. 
                     Thanks for choosing CryoCare! We hope you'll never regret 
                the trust that you're putting in us. We'll certainly do our 
                best to live up to your expectations.