Writing to your donor's family


Many patients who have had a transplant wish to send thanks to their donor's family

Key points

  • Donor families gain huge comfort from receiving your thank you letters
  • However, there are many individual reasons why some transplant patients don’t feel they can ever write
  • For those that would like to write a letter, it's important to understand how the process works
  • Letters are sent via your Transplant Coordinator or direct to the Donor Records Department

Sending your thanks

You may wish to write a letter of thanks to your donor family once you feel ready to do so post-transplant.

Letters of thanks can offer great comfort to donor families. It’s an acknowledgement that a decision made at a very difficult time has saved someone’s life.

Your transplant team will discuss this with you before your transplant, and then again before discharging you from the transplant centre. There is no expectation or pressure to write a letter of thanks, this is your decision. There are many individual reasons why some patients don’t feel they can ever write.

But, if you’d like to send a letter of thanks, this is what you need to know.

It's never too early or too late to write!



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