Donor Family & Transplant Recipients

Writing to Donor Families and Transplant Recipients

Family of Chamoda Kennedy- PalmoreTISSUE & CORNEA DONOR

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Family of Chamoda Kennedy- Palmore
TISSUE & CORNEA DONOR

Donor Family & Transplant Recipients

Writing to Donor Families and Transplant Recipients

“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.” – Brandi Snyder

Whether you are a Donor Family wanting to connect with those that received the Gift of Life from your loved one to help in your grieving process; or a Transplant Recipient who has received a second chance at life and wants to say Thank you; the decision to send correspondence is a very personal one and it is your choice.

LifeCenter supports written correspondence between recipients and donor families.  All correspondence is completely anonymous and identities are kept confidential. If you would like to write to the donor family or transplant recipients, you may send a greeting card or a letter.

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Information Donor Families and Transplant Recipients May Want to Include:

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Provide General Information:

Your loved one’s first name only or your first name only if you are the transplant recipient.

Occupation, hobbies or interests of your loved one or transplant recipient.

The state in which you live (not the city).

Your family situation such as marital status, children, or grandchildren. (Do not include last names).

Since the religion is unknown, please consider this if you are including religious comments.

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Closing your card or letter:

Sign your first name only.

Do not reveal your address, city, or phone number.

Do not reveal the name of the hospital.

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Mailing your card or letter:

1) Place it in an unsealed envelope.

2) Include in the envelope on a separate piece of paper:

  • Your full name
  • If a donor family, your loved one’s full name
  • Date of the donation or transplant
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Mail it to LifeCenter at the following address:

Co: Family Services                        

LifeCenter

615 Elsinore Pl, Suite 400

Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Allow Extra Mailing Time:

LifeCenter will review your card or letter first to ensure confidentiality and will forward it to the clinical transplant coordinator at the Organ Procurement Organization (OPO). The OPO will then send it to the donor family or transplant recipient(s).

Since your card or letter must be mailed to LifeCenter first and then forwarded to the transplant center, please allow extra time for your letter to reach the donor family or transplant recipient(s).

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Will I Get a Response?

It is important to understand that you may or may not receive a response. Many donor families and transplant recipient(s) have said that they are overwhelmed with emotion and have difficulty expressing their feelings.  Others may take several months or even years before they feel comfortable writing to their donor family or transplant recipient(s).

Grief Support Resources

The Family Services Department at LifeCenter provides support and guidance for our donor families. Listed below are community grief and bereavement services that may be helpful.

For additional resources please visit http://www.hospiceofcincinnati.org/grief_support.shtml.

Family Services also provides yearly events honoring our donors and their families for their gift of life. The Donor Family Ceremony takes place every April honoring those families who had a loved one give the gift of life the previous year and are invited to share in this ceremony of remembrance and gratitude. The Gift of Life Holiday Tree Display happens during the month of December where holiday trees with handmade ornaments made by donor families are displayed in loving memory of those who became organ, eye and tissue donors.

If you would like further information, please contact a member of the Family Services team at LifeCenter at (513) 558-5555 or familyservices@lifepassiton.org.

LifeCenter does offer a periodic  grief support group to all adults who have lost a loved one and been touched by donation in some way. If you are interested in participating, please contact our Family Services Department at the email or phone number listed above.

United Way Help Line

Phone: 2-1-1, www.uwgc.org/211. 24 hours, 7 days a week infomation and referral line for a variety of resources in the Greater Cincinnati area. 

Fernside

(513) 745-0111, www.fernside.org. Support services for grieving children, teens and their families.

STARS

(859) 292-0244. Northern Kentucky grief support for kids.