Tanya says that there were more last minute case requests in the first quarter this year than she expected. This may indicate a trend or not but it's certainly a phenomenon that keeps popping up that I'm amazed by. Who makes the calls for last minute preservations? And why? And do the requesters sign up themselves since they obviously think cryonics has value for whoever they're calling for? Tanya says she actually put the extra document online to increase the ability of a person to make the request for cryonics easier than the standard paperwork BECAUSE of this large number of last minute requests from people OTHER than the dying person! (I think I've got that right, but maybe not). [+]
I've heard from authoritative people in Alcor that last minute cases can be very good, financially, too. This must figure into the analysis of this last-minute phenomenon. It's certainly a whole different "branch" of cryonics, from a market point of view, than what the rest of us are familiar with. Most of us sign up years in advance and have all our paperwork done and argue a lot. These last minute cases should be studied in detail and we should start by logging every call-- and reporting it in a journal-- so that we have an idea as to what types of people are calling these things in. Stranger things in this world I've not seen-- than the last minute request from relatives for a preservation. I do not "get it". You would think that the relative calling it it would sign up, themselves, in advance, if they believe cryonics is a good failsafe. Do they? Does Alcor try to sell the relative? "Hey", they could say, "it's too late for your mom or dad (or whoever), but what about you?".
People that are near death often request a priest. These last minute request are similar. Maybe cryo people should roam the hallways of hospitals.