Donating life

Did you know that one organ donor can save up to 8 lives? Although there are more than 100 million Americans signed up to be donors, 18 people die each day while waiting for an organ transplant. 

In honor of Donate Life Month, we share 5 condolences from people whose lives were touched by organ donation:

  1. I understand the hurt your family feels. While the wounds will never heal, consider the 8 lives that he has saved by being an organ donor. A part of him will live on forever. Bless you for raising a great, giving man. [Published in Winston-Salem Journal]
  2. I did not have the pleasure of knowing KAT. However, I am grateful that she was an organ donor. One of her kidneys has been donated to one of my best friends, Jeff, who lives in the Phoenix area. Though her passing is painful to all who knew and loved her, she lives on, by saving others. Without her Kidney, my good friend’s days would be even more limited. He too has a wonderful wife and several children. I know your pain, as my mother too passed away at the tender age of 26. I realize this brings very little comfort at such a hard time. I just wanted her family to know that her death was not a waste, and that Kat’s sacrifice will always be appreciated. Thank you Kat for saving the life of my friend. [Published in The Arizona Republic]
  3. I am so sorry for your loss. The obituary was beautifully written. Being a liver recipient on October 5, 2002, I sincerely thank you for Meg’s organ donation. I will be celebrating my 10 year anniversary this year and if it were not for people like my organ donor and Meg, I would not be here today. God bless her and your family. [Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
  4. Charlie was my dear nephew and will be missed by his family. He was loved and cherished by us all. Charlie will most be remembered by his great sense of humor and his willingness to help anyone in need. He continues to help others as an organ donor. Other families will be receiving the gift of life because of his generous spirit. [Published in Lodi News-Sentinel]
  5. The deepest loss ever is the loss of a beautiful child. I grieve along with you as I just loss my son in a vehicle accident 1 week ago. My Dusty also was a organ donor and I hope to see the wonderful smiles again. I am glad to know their loving hearts will live on. I hope they meet in heaven and will do great things for god. [Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter]

For information on becoming an organ donor, visit organdonor.gov.

Legacy.com reviews one million condolence messages each month. In our “5 Condolences” series, we highlight messages with a common theme.

About Katie

I joined Legacy.com in 2002 as a part-time content screener and now serve as Director of Operations, overseeing Legacy’s day-to-day operations (Guest Book screening, obituary processing, customer service, and client service). I grew up in California, the daughter of a psychologist and a minister. My parents instilled in me the importance of listening to and caring about others. One of the things I appreciate most about working at Legacy.com is that I am able to have a small part in easing people's pain during one of the most difficult times in their lives. In my life outside of Legacy, I enjoy baking treats (and bringing them to the office to share), playing the piano, reading, taking pictures, tending to our vegetable & herb gardens, trying out new restaurants and foods, spending time with my husband, Chuck (whom I met at Legacy) and our kids, Brett Jr. & Josie, and playing with our hound dogs, Mugsy and Bo Jangles.
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