If you support organ and tissue donation, it's important to talk to your family about your decision to donate.
Why do I need to share my decision with my family?
In Saskatchewan, organs and tissue will not be donated without your family or next-of-kin's consent. Ensuring that your loved ones know you support organ and tissue donation will help them make this important decision on your behalf after you have died.
When is the right time to start a conversation?
The right time is now, when you are able to have the conversation. A discussion about organ and tissue donation can be incorporated into everyday conversations. For example, when you are:
- Cooking together or sharing a meal
- Getting life insurance or writing a will
- Leaving home for school or a trip
- Waiting for a movie to start
- Driving to a friend's house
- Taking a walk in the park.
Isn't talking about death too sad for everyday conversations?
Organ and tissue donation isn't just about death, it's about life and the opportunity we have to save or improve other people's lives. Sometimes this opportunity presents itself while we are still living through the donation of a non-vital organ (e.g., kidney). Other times we are given the opportunity to offer hope even after our own life has ended through deceased donation.
How do I start the conversation?
Starting the conversation may seem difficult, but it doesn't have to be. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Today I was surprised to learn how rare it is for someone to become an organ donor. If I could donate my organs and tissue after I die, I'd want to do it. What about you?
- I just watched a video about a girl named Acacia who saved five people by donating six organs after she died. This has got me thinking about donation, and I'd like to talk to you about what I want.
- I know you have the organ and tissue donor sticker on your health card, but I don't know what you'd want to donate. Can you look at this list and let me know?
The decision to support organ and tissue donation is a personal one. Sharing this decision with your family makes it possible for your loved ones to honour your wishes after you have died.
Where can I find more information?
For more information about organ and tissue donation, check out the Offer Hope Toolkit or contact us.