Happy Spring everyone! I don’t know about you, but I’m doing a double take that it’s April already.
And speaking of April, are you aware that this is National Donate Life Month? Donate Life America established National Donate Life Month in 2003 to raise awareness about donation, while encouraging people to register to become organ, cornea and tissue donors.
There are various activities that take place during Donate Life Month, and you can learn more about them by visiting Donate Life America’s website.
Some of the things we are doing here at South Texas Blood & Tissue include raising the Donate Life Month flag for the month, revitalizing our Legacy Garden that honors donors and taking a staff picture on National Blue and Green Day on April 22, to name a few.
There is also a very special day on April 30– Donor Remembrance Day. This is a day we come together to recognize, honor and celebrate Donor Heroes who have given the gift of life through organ, cornea and tissue donations.
I know donation represents both heartache for you, the donor family, and thankfulness for a recipient and their family—which are all parts of the grief journey. I hope you can look at your loved one’s gracious donation as being something positive in a very difficult and emotional time.
And remember, you are not alone in your grief journey. South Texas Blood & Tissue provides the Grief Support and Life Legacies program as well as our Grief Support (South Texas Blood & Tissue) Facebook group.
-Susan Smith, Grief Support Manager, South Texas Blood & Tissue