Donor Family Communication
Writing to your Donor Family
The decision to correspond with your donor family is a personal one. Some wish to express their gratitude and, in return, many donor families have said a card or a personal note from a transplant recipient offers some comfort. All correspondence is anonymous and identities are kept confidential until both you and your donor’s family agree to share identifying information. If you are considering writing to your donor family, please use the following guide when you draft your correspondence.
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It’s important to remember that while you may wish to correspond with a donor family, it’s also the family’s personal choice whether or not to return the sentiment. Some families say it helps in the grieving process, while others – although grateful for the letter – prefer privacy and choose not to respond. Still others may take several months or years before they feel comfortable responding.
Meeting your Donor Family
LifeGift requires and recommends that you reach out to your donor family by first writing a letter to ensure there is a mutual agreement to meet and/or exchange identifying contact information. Once this has occurred, LifeGift will offer to facilitate a meeting.
During National Donate Life Month 2013, the family of Brody Fleming, a Plano firefighter, had the opportunity to meet his recipients. In this photo, Joy Bradley, Brody’s mother, embraces Brandon Pritchard, one of Brody’s recipients.