Goulburn father and son pay $65,000 to have their bodies frozen

Hannah Sparks 18 January 2021 40
Ron and Guy Fielding

Goulburn father and son, Ron and Guy Fielding, hold magazines from the Cryonics Institute in America, where they intend to be frozen when they die. Photo: Supplied.

Most of us have imagined what life after death looks like, but how many of us have imagined being brought back to life?

Goulburn father and son, Ron and Guy Fielding, aged 79 and 42 respectively, are prepared to pay a total of about $65,000 for the privilege other people such as Walt Disney were long-rumoured (albeit falsely) to have also signed up for.

The cab driver and club manager have each paid a $1600 deposit to be cryogenically frozen at the Cryonics Institute in Chicago. They will pay the remaining $64,000 when they die.

Cryonics is a relatively new science that allows people to be frozen in the hope of one day being revived instead of being cremated or buried.

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As soon as the person dies, their body is taken to their chosen centre and cooled on dry ice until it reaches minus-130 degrees Celcius. The body is then placed into a container that is placed into a larger metal tank filled with liquid nitrogen at a temperature of around minus-196 degrees Celcius. They will remain there until technology allows them to be revived.

The chance at a second life may carry a heavy price tag, but as Ron and Guy say, even a cremation or burial costs thousands of dollars.

Tanks inside the Cryonics Institute in America

Tanks inside the Cryonics Institute in America where bodies are frozen. Photo: Supplied.

Ron had heard about cryonics many years ago and needed a family member or friend to sign up with him to be accepted into the Cryonics Institute. That’s when Ron put his hand up.

However, the pair would prefer to be frozen in Australia and they hope Southern Cryonics in Holbrook, southern NSW will be finished in time.

Southern Cryonics founder Peter Tsolakides says the building is finished and equipment is due to arrive in March.

However, people in Australia will need to be trained to freeze their patients cryogenically and, at the moment, the only people with the know-how are overseas or interstate. The company is waiting for the COVID-19 pandemic to be over to proceed.

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Ron and Guy are both aware that their choice isn’t widely supported, especially not by their family members who think it’s too expensive, are against the idea for religious reasons or worry what they’ll come back to.

“It’s hard to convince people it will work, but I’m a fairly open-minded person, and with science and technology advancing, I can see the possibility there,” Guy said.

“Yes we’re taking a gamble, but you can never say never, and the alternative is to be buried or cremated, which there is no chance of coming back from.”

Southern Cryonics

An early design of the new Southern Cryonics facility in southern NSW. Photo: Supplied.

Likewise, Ron said: “Look how far we’ve come in the past 200 years. We only started flying planes in the 1900s and now they’re going to the moon. I’m a great believer in science, and I just believe it’s going to happen one day.”

As for what they’ll do if they are brought back to life, Ron would like to see how current family members’ lives panned out, while Guy will be eager to explore the new world he wakes up to.

Both expect Earth, if it still exists then, will look very different.

“There won’t be petrol or tyres, we’ve got to run out of materials in the earth eventually, and I don’t think people will be working, I think everything will be done by robots,” Ron said.

Whatever the future, if everything does go to plan, Guy is glad that he’ll be waking up with his father.

Original Article published by Hannah Sparks on About Regional.

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40 Responses to Goulburn father and son pay $65,000 to have their bodies frozen
Donna Mcarthur-Deluca Donna Mcarthur-Deluca 4:05 pm 27 Jan 21

Y would u want to come back to much money

Monica Tiffen Monica Tiffen 3:02 pm 26 Jan 21

Here's hoping!

Charles Godworth Charles Godworth 9:12 am 26 Jan 21

But with global warming, they'll come back well before they're due and there will still be re-runs of Home and away on the box

Nick Antic Nick Antic 1:00 am 26 Jan 21

Wait..why would you freeze yourself when you die? Shouldn't you do it before you die??

Aidan Pemberton Aidan Pemberton 7:05 pm 25 Jan 21

Ray Pemberton I'll freeze you for half of that

HiddenDragon HiddenDragon 7:03 pm 25 Jan 21

Could be an option for anyone really hanging on for a non-Labor government in the ACT.

Michael Dolan Michael Dolan 6:49 pm 25 Jan 21

Timothy Ingold remember your speech in uni on cryogenic freezing and the lecturer failed you because it had nothing to do with anthropology so you ended up crying in her office and she called security lol

Dorothy Jean Gatt Dorothy Jean Gatt 3:48 pm 25 Jan 21

I would rather go to heaven.

Stephanie Parker Stephanie Parker 1:50 pm 25 Jan 21


Peter Palmer Peter Palmer 12:29 pm 25 Jan 21

Maybe we could pack a few covid19 vaccines in with them.

Lou Dampney Lou Dampney 10:58 am 25 Jan 21

Will they be eligible for a refund if it doesn’t work!

Brandon Doy Brandon Doy 10:56 am 25 Jan 21

Glenn g town cryo boys

Kirrily Belle Kirrily Belle 9:08 am 25 Jan 21

There’s a great podcast about this.

Spoiler: It did not end well ha ha ha

Colin Butcher Colin Butcher 8:21 am 25 Jan 21

Freeze a jolly good fellow.

Juliana Vallejera Juliana Vallejera 7:52 am 25 Jan 21

I defrosted a chicken the other day. Sadly, upon defrosting it did not regain the ability to cluck or lay eggs. 😥

Jason Good Jason Good 6:28 am 25 Jan 21

Say hello to Walt Disney for me when you re-animate 😂

    Lee Hughes Lee Hughes 7:07 am 25 Jan 21

    Jason Good Great investment! Imagine thawing out these two spuds in 2000 years expecting to find a Hemsworth. Ultimate time capsule disappointment.

Karen Feng Karen Feng 6:03 am 25 Jan 21

$65K for two people. I wonder if this will be the form of new age care.

Can gov just legalise euthanasia?

Simon Bailey Simon Bailey 3:02 am 25 Jan 21

More money than sense.

Krystle Anne Krystle Anne 12:39 am 25 Jan 21

Anne Athema Jill Lyall Unlucky for them if someone unplugs the freezer lol 😂

Claire McElhone Claire McElhone 12:06 am 25 Jan 21

Dylan McElhone my dreammmm

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