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Writing to your Donor Family
Intermountain Donor Services supports written correspondence between recipients and donor families. If you are a transplant recipient interested in writing to your donor family, following are some guidelines. If you need more detailed instructions on writing or have any questions, feel free to contact Karen Hannahs at Intermountain Donor Services at 801-478-7333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The decision to write to your donor family is a very individual and personal one. What may be right for one person may not be right for someone else. If you choose to write, try not to be influenced by arbitrary time frames. Some people are ready to write shortly after their transplant, while other people may not be ready for months or even years. Do whatever feels right for you. All correspondence is completely anonymous and identities are kept confidential.
Recipient Letters and Social Media
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
Intermountain Donor Services believes correspondence letters can be very meaningful to donor families and recipients alike, and we recognize you may want to share them with those closest to you. We ask you to be considerate of the author of the letter, and do not share your letters on social media without permission from the person who wrote the letter. The reasons for this are listed below:
• It is often emotionally difficult for the recipients or donor families to write, and these letters are often tender, private expressions of their deepest gratitude or feelings.
• They trust that their personal messages are safe with those for whom they are intended.
• Most letters that are written are intended to be anonymous; once they are put on social media it is less likely they will remain so. It is possible for someone, however well-meaning, to do a quick internet search with just a few key words and find out more details about you and/or the recipient than you may wish to be known.
If you have any questions in regards to these suggestions, feel free to call us.