The gift of tissue donation can ease pain, restore motion and replace tissue lost to injury or disease.
One tissue donor can enhance the lives of more than 75 recipients. Recovered tissue is used to treat bone defects including cancers, burn and trauma patients, sports injuries and congenital anomalies. Veins can be used to replace damaged blood vessels, and heart valves are used to replace defective ones, often in children; a replacement of a heart valve is a lifesaving procedure for a recipient. The gift of cornea donation can restore sight to 2 individuals.
AARP Grief and Loss – Offers grief and loss support and information for bereaved adults and their families.
Compassionate Friends – Provides support to bereaved families after the death of a child.
GriefShare– Offers local support groups in area churches for those grieving the loss of a loved one.
Hospices– Hospices provide end of life care to patients, but they also provide grief support services to their patients’ family members and to others in their communities.
Hospitals – Some hospitals provide grief support groups, and may be able to recommend local counselors and organizations.
Funeral Homes – Funeral homes can also be a resource to find grief support in the communities they serve.