Intermountain Donor Services supports written correspondence between recipients and donor families. If you are a donor family interested in writing to the recipient, following are some guidelines. If you need more detailed instructions on writing to recipients or have any questions, feel free to contact Karen Hannahs at Intermountain Donor Services at 801-478-7333 or email karenhannahs@idslife.org.

The decision to write to your loved ones’ transplant recipient(s) is a very individual and personal one. What may be right for one person may not be right for someone else. Those who do write find that sharing information about their loved one, their family, and their decision to donate is very healing and helps them deal with their grief.

If you choose to write, try not to be influenced by arbitrary time frames. Some people are ready to write shortly after their loss, 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.