As a cornea recipient, you may wish to communicate with your donor's family. Many recipients struggle with the decision to write to their donor family. They may not know how to say "thank you" for such a precious gift. But donor families do appreciate and often find comfort in knowing that the transplant was successful and has improved someone else's life.
Lions VisionGift encourages and facilitates all correspondence between donor families and cornea recipients. We protect the identity of both the donor families and the recipients. If you would like to write a letter to your donor's family, please use the following guidelines, which are recommended by the National Donor Family Council.
Please understand that you may or may not hear from your donor's family. Keep in mind that donor families have suffered a great loss. While some families may respond immediately, others may find it extremely difficult.
Thank you for taking the time to write a letter to your donor's family. They may still be dealing with the loss of their loved one, but your letter can provide some comfort. Their selfless decision to donate deserves thanks. Let them know that their loved one will not be forgotten.