A Gift for Life Book

We understand that this is a difficult time for you. May the concern and sympathy of those who care help you through this time of sorrow. This booklet is written to provide you with some information on living through grief and help answer your questions about organ and tissue donation. It serves as a reference for much of what you may have already discussed with your transplant coordinator. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible about your decision and know that it has been respected. If you have questions or concerns please contact your transplant coordinator or LifeNet Health’s Donor Family Advocate.

Thoughts From The Parents of a Donor

Living Through Grief

What is Grief?

The Grieving Process

Shock and Disbelief



Feelings of Fear

Feelings of Anger

Feelings of Guilt

Emptiness and Loneliness


Recovering After Your Loss

Some Suggestions To Help With Your Grieving

What to Tell The Children?


Questions About Organ And Tissue Donation

What is brain death?

What is donation after cardiac death (DCD)?

Who can donate organs?

How are the vital organs used?

Who can donate tissue and how is it used?

What happens once your decision to donate has been made?

Will an autopsy be performed?

Will there be pain?

Is there any cost to the family?

Will I be told who receives the donation?

How is the decision made about who gets what organ?

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