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#1 Mind

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Posted 21 July 2018 - 06:11 PM

Hello Alcor members in Minnesota/Wisconsin,


We’re up to a possible 16 Alcor and Cryonics Institute members, friends and family interested in attending our upcoming August 11 cryonics meeting in Minnesota.  I hope all of you who've expressed an interest can still make it. 


If you haven't expressed an interest to me by email, I hope you're planning on attending anyway. 


I’ve decided not to put out a formal agenda for this first get-together.


I thought we could start off with optional attendee introductions, then go around the room again to let people individually share any cryonics problems or solutions they’ve been thinking about.


My personal priority is to recruit local funeral directors and paramedics we can count on in an emergency.


Another concern I have is the safety of our cryonics funding. I’ve read some things about insurance and Medicaid assets that I don’t think all Cryonicists are aware of, but should be.


Here are some other subjects people coming to the meeting have expressed an interest in discussing:


Hospital non-interference/cooperation.

Friends and family support.

Current best practices in suspension protocol.

Longevity techniques/habits.


There are a lot of important details to consider within these topics. In my mind, everything’s open for discussion. In the end, I hope we can at least get a start in gauging interest, addressing issues and setting priorities for a local or regional support group.


Until then, if you have any questions or concerns about the meeting, please let me know.




Chuck Bartl



Saturday, August 11, 2pm-4pm

St. Anthony Library

2941 Pentagon Dr. N.E.
St. Anthony, MN 55418



I would suggest anyone who follows cryonics, or supports cryonics, attend the meeting. The more the merrier. I will be there.

Edited by Mind, 21 July 2018 - 06:13 PM.

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 06:57 PM

It was a useful and pleasant meeting.


Sadly, I forgot to take a picture of the group.


We mostly talked about functional concerns. How to get a good preservation. Scientific (perfusion) and legal concerns are more important in the Midwest, with no standby team in Minnesota and Wisconsin.


Members at the meeting were familiar with standard end-of-life procedures from a medical and legal perspective (some have worked in a medical career/capacity). It was illuminating to find out that there is NO guarantee that EMTs, doctors, funeral directors, etc... are going to follow your end-of-life directives. Cryonics patients need a dedicated support network every step of the way to ensure a good preservation.


It was definitely agreed that finding a friendly hospice near Alcor or CI was very important, for patients in poor health.


The main suggestions for going forward were to:


1. Engage hospitals/regulators/politicians to create a more friendly environment for cryonics supporters.

2. Investigate getting a stand-by team developed in the Midwest (USA)

3. Continue to meet and be involved.

4. Use the "right to try" law to force hospitals and regulators to accept cryonics patients' wishes.

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