A family's choice to donate during a time of tragedy is a choice to give life to someone else. It is a choice that can provide solace and promote healing for donor family members. During the difficult time following the death of a loved one, LifeGift is there with emotional support and information in the midst of sorrow.
The moment families agree to donate their loved ones' organs and tissues, they begin a relationship with LifeGift. For us, these are special relationships that we nurture in several ways:
- Communication – A few weeks after donation, LifeGift sends a letter thanking the family for the remarkable gift and detailing the outcomes of the transplants. Eighteen months after donation, we remember the donor with a special card for his or her family. We also keep loved ones informed about the great impact donation has on others through the LifeGift newsletter and annual calendar.
- Donor Memorial Events – LifeGift hosts memorial events each year to honor and recognize the gift of life provided by loved ones and their family members. Events can include a summer Donor Family Medal Ceremony and a Candlelight Memorial Service in the winter. Each LifeGift region schedules its own events.
- Contact with Recipients – LifeGift supports and coordinates communication between donor families and recipients.
- Volunteer Opportunities – Many of our donor families volunteer their time to help educate others about organ and tissue donation. When shared by those who have experienced firsthand the joys and sorrows of donation, the message has a stronger meaning and a greater impact on our community. Learn more in the Vital Volunteers section.
- Resources – We can provide bereavement materials and referrals to grief support groups.