The decision to correspond with transplant recipients is a personal one for a donor family. Some wish to share information about their loved one; others want to reach out to a recipient to assist in the grieving process.
Whatever the reason – it is a donor family’s choice whether they wish to correspond with a transplant recipient.
As the organ recovery agency making the donation and subsequent transplant possible, LifeGift aids in this process. We will send correspondence to the hospital where the transplant(s) took place, which then should forward the letter to the transplant recipient(s).
While some donor families never feel comfortable writing to or meeting their recipients, many others find this interaction extremely rewarding. Recipients also appreciate the opportunity to express their gratitude to their donor families and to learn about their donor.
Correspondence from the transplant recipient
While a donor family may wish to correspond with a transplant recipient, it also is a personal choice whether the transplant recipient returns the sentiment. Some transplant recipients have said that the lifesaving gift can be overwhelming, and it is difficult for them to express their gratitude in words. Still others may take several months or years before they feel comfortable
responding to their donor families.