Frequently Asked Questions
A: FROST is an outdoor facility and a laboratory for education and research involving postmortem changes that affect human remains.
A: At FROST, we accept self-donations and donations from an individual’s legal next-of-kin. We will not accept donations of unidentified or unclaimed bodies. We will also not accept donations from next-of-kin who have been estranged from a decedent.
A: FROST cannot accept the donation of remains that are known to have certain communicable or infectious conditions or bodies that exceed 300 lbs. Donor bodies that have undergone organ/tissue donation and/or forensic autopsy are acceptable. All donations of human remains are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and it is the sole discretion of FROST staff to decide whether or not a donation will be accepted.
A: No. Remains donated to FROST will be permanently, respectfully curated at NMU as a skeletal collection for the advancement of research and education of students and forensic anthropologists.
A: Once a donor has been made part of the permanent skeletal collection, arrangements may be made for family visitation at the indoor laboratory facility. Approvals for visitations at the laboratory will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visitation and tours at the outdoor facility are not permitted under any circumstances. A ceremony to honor our donors is held annually and families of the donors who have been brought to our facility over the previous year are invited to attend.
A: There is generally no cost to the family. The donor’s family may be responsible for costs associated with transportation and storage of the donor’s body if the donor passes away at a private residence or at a location outside of a 200-mile driving distance of FROST. If the donor’s body is known to have an infectious or communicable condition and/or exceeds 300 lbs, FROST can accept the body donation following cremation (as long as the remains have not gone through the pulverization process). Cremation costs would be the responsibility of the family.
A: No. There is no payment to the donors or families.
A: Yes. A financial donation can be made by visiting the Financial Donations for more information.