National Donate Life Month is an event celebrated in April to help encourage Americans to register as an organ donor and to celebrate those who have saved lives through organ donation. If your family has yet to make this commitment and you need help talking about organ donation, here are some insightful tips.
If you’re thinking about becoming an organ donor, it’s important to be honest with your family. This lets them know where you stand and prepares them in case something unfortunate happens. They will have prepared ahead of time, so your generous donation won’t cause them additional grief. Tell your family why you want to donate and that you’ve taken the proper steps to register.
Explain the Benefits
Being an organ donor truly is a great thing and helps people around the world. To make this process easier to understand and less stressful, you should talk with your family about all the benefits. There are many organs that can still be salvaged to potentially save another life. Such is the case with hearts because they can be used in patients with different heart diseases. Ones such as cardiomyopathy, coronary heart disease, and congenital heart disease.
Pancreas transplants can be used for those with diabetes. While intestine transplants work well for patients who have short bowel syndrome. The list of disorders that can be treated using said transplants goes on and on.
Sometimes being an organ donor can even comfort your family should you pass on. They’ll think of your passing as a second chance for another grieving family, ultimately making the world a better place for all.
Mention News Stories
Sometimes the best way to express your wishes to be an organ donor is to bring up topical news stories about this issue. This helps you show its full impact and sheds light on issues that might matter to your family. You can have them read through different articles, making it a little easier to bring up organ donation in conversation. Your family can then establish a connection with these stories and find comfort in other people’s generous donations.
Being an organ donor gives you the chance to save lives and make a real impact on the world today. If you or your family is on the edge of becoming a donor, just take your time with the decision and don’t force the issue. Let your family decide what’s right for them and support their decision either way.
The medical staff at Surepoint ER have seen lives saved because of organ donation. It may not be the best option for everyone but talking about organ donation with your family will help you to understand if it is right for you.