Suggestions for Writing to a Recipient
- Use simple language.
- Write information you feel comfortable sharing about yourself, your loved one and other family members. This may include occupations, hobbies, interests, perhaps special things your loved one liked to do or information about your family.
- You may want to write about how making the decision to donate has impacted you, your family and your community.
- 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.
- You may include first names of yourself and your family, give the state in which you reside and provide photographs.
- Keep identities anonymous and confidential… do not include any last names, street addresses, city names, phone numbers, names of hospitals or physicians.
Mailing Your Card or Letter
- Place your card or letter in an unsealed envelope.
- Include on a separate sheet of paper:
- Your full name
- The full name of your loved one
- The date of the donation
- Place the above items in another envelope and mail to:
Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency
4400 Lakeland Drive
Flowood, MS 39232
- This process may take several weeks so allow extra mailing time.
Once You Have Mailed Your Card or Letter
- Letters may be reviewed to ensure confidentiality.
- Your letter will be forwarded to the donor family through your transplant center.
- The donor family may then be contacted to request permission to forward the correspondence.
- You may or may not receive a response from the donor family. Some donor families say that writing about their loved one and their decision to donate helps them in their grieving process. Other donor families, even though they are comfortable with their decision to donate, prefer privacy and choose not to write to the transplant recipients.