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From: "Mark Plus" <>
Subject: Michigan: State Orders Local Cryonics Institute To Close 
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 23:19:18 -0700


State Orders Local Cryonics Institute To Close
Agency Says Facility Is Operating Without Proper License

POSTED: 4:57 p.m. EDT August 26, 2003
UPDATED: 6:03 p.m. EDT August 26, 2003

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- The Cryonics Institute has been ordered to stop 
operating its business by the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry 

CIS said the institute is operating as an unlicensed mortuary science 
establishment and a nonregistered cemetery.

The governmental agency said it was made aware of the Michigan cryonics 
facility after the death of Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Ted Williams, 
whose remains are frozen in an Arizona cryonics facility.

Cryonics is defined as the process of freezing and storing the body of a 
recently deceased person to prevent tissue decomposition so that at some 
future time the person might be brought back to life upon development of new 
medical cures.

"Our investigation revealed the Cryonics Institute is clearly operating as 
both a funeral establishment and cemetery without any state oversight," said 
David C, Hollister, director of CIS. "We are extremely concerned that people 
from around the world have invested their trust and finances into this 
facility to preserve their bodies for eternity, yet this facility continues 
to knowingly operate outside the scope of the law."

The facility, located at 24355 Sorrentino Court, is being ordered to 
preserve the bodies currently in its care; however, it will not be able to 
accept any new contracts or bodies.

Hollister said CIS is encouraging the Cryonics Institute to take the 
necessary steps to come in compliance with state law.

The Cryonics Institute may become licensed either as a funeral establishment 
or registered as a cemetery; however, current law would prohibit the 
Cryonics Institute from being able to do both. The law stipulates that 
bodies cannot be prepared at the scene of a cemetery, however the institute 
could make arrangements for the bodies to be prepared in a licensed funeral 
home, according to CIS.

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