Halachic Organ donor Society, 3926 W. Touhy Ave, Suite #365, Lincolnwood, IL, 60712-1028. Phone: 646-599-3895, Email: office@hods.org

Interaction of Organ Donor Families and Recipients

The purpose of this study was to determine feelings about direct contact between donor families and recipients. The study found that the majority believed they had a right to meet and were in favor of direct contact. Families wanted to see the benefit of organ donation first-hand and favored prior correspondence. Recipients most often wished to express their gratitude. Both groups believed meetings should be organized by an agency involved in the donation though they did not believe the agency should be responsible for the meeting’s outcome. On the basis of these findings, suggested guidelines were developed to implement meetings. These guidelines can be found at the end of the article.