Family Services

Donor Family & Recipient Correspondence

The decision to learn about your loved ones’ transplant recipient or your donor family is a personal one. Some transplant recipients and donor families wish to remain anonymous, while others welcome the opportunity to learn about their donor or their loved one's recipient. In some cases, lifelong bonds and friendships are formed.

Writing to Your Donor Family

If you would like to express your gratitude to the family of your donor, but don’t know how to go about it, we are here to help.

Many donor families have told us they cherish correspondence from recipients and say they offer real comfort. We would like to encourage you to take a few moments to send a letter or card to the family of your donor.


A guide to writing to your donor family.


Writing to Transplant Recipients

The decision to write to transplant recipients is a very personal choice. If you choose to write to a recipient, the following suggestions may be helpful to you. Most recipients would love to know about their donor. Share your loved one's name, age, hobbies, etc., as well as stories about the kind of person they were.


A guide to writing to transplant recipients.