Corresponding with Recipients
Donor Alliance encourages communication between the families of donors and transplant recipients. Many families find comfort in writing to the people their loved one helped, and making the decision to reach out to your loved one’s recipients is a very personal decision.*
*A Note to Tissue Donor Families: If your loved one donated tissues (bone, soft tissue, heart valves, veins, skin grafts), the tissue recipient(s) must write to you first. Donor Alliance is not provided with specific tissue recipient information, which means we do not have a way of sending a letter to a tissue recipient unless they reach out first.
Your loved one’s recipient(s) may reply with a letter or card, or they may choose not to write. We urge you to be prepared for either outcome, and not to take it personally if you do not hear from them. Silence from recipients in no way diminishes their gratitude for the gift they were given, and even if they feel unable to reply, recipients tell us that they appreciate hearing from their donor’s family.
There are two ways to write to your loved one’s recipients:
- Mail a paper letter or card to: Donor Alliance, Attn: Aftercare, 200 Spruce Street, Denver, CO 80230.
With your correspondence, include on a separate piece of paper:
-The full name of your loved one who donated
-Your full name and relationship to your loved one
-The date of your loved one’s death
- To submit a letter electronically, complete the online form below.