Deciding to Write
As a family member of a donor, you may or may not decide to write a note to the transplant recipients. It is your personal choice.
You may choose not to write at this time, but may decide in a few months or years from now that you would like to do so. There is no time limit for sending a letter.
Suggestions for Writing to Transplant Recipients
- Write information you feel comfortable sharing about you, your loved one and other family members. This may include occupation, hobbies or interests, perhaps something special your loved one liked to do.
- You may want to write about how making the decision to donate has impacted you, your family and your community.
- You may include first names of yourself, your loved one and other family members, the state in which you reside and photographs.
- Please sign only your first name.
- Please do not use last names, street addresses, city names, phone numbers, or names of hospitals or physicians.
- You may feel more comfortable sending a card during the holidays, or a “Thinking of You” card if you choose not to write a long letter.
After You Have Completed Your Letter or Card
- Place the card or letter in an unsealed envelope.
- Include a separate sheet of paper with your full name, and the name and date of death of your loved one.
Family Services Department
Buffalo, NY 14203