Most of our customers are next of kin. That means you are working with us to preserved a loved one. Paperwork is typically returned by mail, but may be returned by scanning and emailing if urgency is required. Contact Us.
Sign and return the Preservation Agreement.
Sign and return a Document of Authorization.
We also have a few customers who have arranged preservation for themselves. Oregon Brain Preservation does not have any "membership" option like you might find at Alcor or CI. The closest thing we have is a cryopreservation agreement filled out in advance. The procedures are very difficult for remote cases, so we generally only accept agreements in advance for people living in or near Salem, Oregon. We will also sometimes accept an agreement from farther away as long as they understand that the procedure is unlikely to preserve any of their memories. There is no initial or annual cost for such agreement.
Paperwork is typically returned by mail, but may be returned by scanning and emailing to this email address.
Sign and return two copies of the Cryopreservation Agreement.
Sign and return a Document of Gift and Informed Consent.
Will will send you back the countersigned documents.
This is our standard procedure. The brain is perfused with cryoprotectant and the entire cephalon (head, see Terminology) is preserved.
$18,000 of this goes to the PCF and $10,000 is used for perfusion and other expenses.
We do not offer whole body preservation services.
$8,000 for Brain cryopreservation with no perfusion. In some situations, the brain gets removed from the skull for logistical, legal, or financial reasons. In these cases, perfusion is unlikely to be possible. Instead, we submerge the brain in cryoprotectant for months prior to final cooling. $5,000 goes to the PCF.
$12,000 for braincase cryopreservation with no perfusion. In some situations, we are unable to remove the brain, such as after a straight freeze. In these cases, it is still possible to reduce storage costs by removing all the excess tissue outside the braincase such as the skin, muscles, and facial bones. See wikipedia:Neurocranium. The downside to this is that it takes time and results in temperature fluctuations. $9,000 goes to the PCF.
$20,000 for cephalon cryopreservation with no perfusion. The entire cephalon is preserved as a straight freeze. $18,000 goes to the PCF.
The fees for alternative procedures do not include any transporation or cremation expenses, so if a whole body is shipped to us, there will be a few additional fees.
In all cases, funding must be added and available for Standby or Transportation. If funding of at least $6000 is available for transportation, then that is considered adequate and will guarantee transportation. Lesser amounts for transportation may put other services at risk and may require downgrading them.
Storage in aldehyde. This can be used for either temporary or permanent situations in which funding is not available for cryopreservation. It can also be used when the initial preservation quality is so poor that the expense of cryopreservation cannot be justified. We will accept and store any brain that is sent to us. Payment is not required in advance.