Contacting Your Donor Family
Many patients decide at some point after their transplant that they would like to write to the donor family to express their gratitude. Donor families appreciate this gesture. Your gratitude helps comfort them by making the loss of their loved one more meaningful.
Crozer-Keystone encourages written correspondence between organ donor families and transplant recipients. All correspondence is anonymous and identities are kept confidential. Transplant recipients may want to contact the donor family to express their sincere gratitude and to learn about their donor. However, this is a very personal decision, and it’s your decision alone.
Additionally, an organization called Gift of Life manages the correspondence between recipients of organs and donor families to ensure the privacy of each party. They offer guidance on appropriate letter writing. Contact Gift of Life at 1-800-DONORS-1 or visit www.donors1.org.