Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Forensic Anthropology?
Q: What is Forensic Taphonomy?
Q: What would make me ineligible to donate my body to FROST after my death?
A: FROST cannot accept the donation of remains that are known to have certain communicable or infectious conditions or bodies that exceed 200 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.
Q: Can my family visit my body at FROST?
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.
Q: What is the cost to my family if I donate my body to FROST?
A: While there is no cost for donating a body to NMU FROST/FARL, there may be costs associated with a funeral director's services (death certificate, transportation, other paperwork). All fees associated with a funeral director's services are the responsibility of the donor. If the donor’s body is known to have an infectious or communicable condition and/or exceeds 200 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.
Q: Can I make a financial donation to FROST?
A: Yes. A financial donation can be made by visiting the Financial Donations for more information.