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Necklace worn by a person wishing to have their body cryogenically frozen after death, United States, 1999

Necklace worn by a person wishing to have their body cryogenically frozen after death, United States, 1999

Credits: Science Museum

Cryonics is the preservation at very low temperatures of bodies or body parts after death. It is used by people who hope that future medical science will be able to restore them to life, and find cures for any medical conditions they may have. The necklace has instructions for medical teams in case of the death of the wearer, such as the request that no post-mortem takes place. Necklaces like this are worn by people who have donated their bodies to the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, who carry out the procedure. Their symbol, a hexagon containing a snake coiled around a rod, is shown on the necklace. It is shown here with two other ways to communicate a person’s wishes after death, a bracelet (1999-784) and a donor card (1999-785).

Object number:

1999-783

 

Glossary:

Glossary: necklace

Ornaments worn around the neck, usually in the form of chains or strands of beads, pearls, stones, or the like, and often including a suspended ornamental pendant. Use "chokers" for short, narrow necklaces worn close to the throat. Use "dog collars (necklaces)" for wide ornamental bands worn tightly around the neck.

Glossary: cryonics

the practice or technique of deep-freezing the bodies of those who have died of an incurable disease, in the hope of a future cure. The term is a contraction of cryogenics, the branch of physics dealing with the production and effects of very low temperatures.