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From: "John de Rivaz" <>
Subject: funeral directors
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2003 11:06:44 +0100

One other way to find co-operative funeral directors may be to try and get a
series of articles about cryonics in a funeral magazine circulating in your
country or state.

Maybe I was very lucky with the UK's Funeral Service Journal. But what
happened was, that I took out a paid advertisement to sell copies of The
Prospect of Immortality, and the editor invited me to write a cryonics
column. It seems that editors of many trade magazines may be short of
editorial copy and would be willing to seek articles on offbeat topics.
Eventually the magazine changed hands and the new people didn't want any
more, but by then cryonics had a reasonable professional standing in the UK.
Now the country has more cryonicists than any other except the USA. [as far
as I know -- maybe someone else knows differently.]

Most of these articles can be found on

I think the editor had hoped that the articles would whip up a bit of
controversy amongst the otherwise apathetic readership. But they all seemed
to take it in their stride and indeed many sent for free booklets on
cryonics I was offering, some wanting 20 copies or more. I had 200
professionally printed, and they all went over a period of a few years.

I suspect that I was just very, very lucky happening to be in the right
place at the right time. But then if I hadn't tried, then I would never have
known that the opportunity existed. I also tried the same trick with other
relevant professions, but never got away with it a second time.

But if more people try, then maybe someone else will get a similar run of

Sincerely, John de Rivaz:  http://John.deRivaz.com for websites including
Cryonics Europe, Longevity Report, The Venturists, Porthtowan, Alec Harley
Reeves - inventor, Arthur Bowker - potter, de Rivaz genealogy,  Nomad .. and

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