Your donor

Contacting your donor's family

What information will I find out about my donor?

Because organ donation is confidential, your transplant coordinator can only disclose limited information such as your donor’s age and sex. Your transplant coordinator will ask you if you would like to know this information. This is a personal choice and you should do what feels right for you. If you decline, you can always change your mind later if you wish.

Can I write to my donor’s family?

Yes. If you want to write to your donor’s family, you can do so. Your letter is passed to your transplant coordinator who will let the family know that there is a letter from you. It can be a moving experience for both you and your donor’s family. People who have had a transplant often say that this letter is difficult to write and that it can take a long time before they are ready to begin.

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