This year faith communities in Illinois and across the nation will celebrate National Donor Sabbath on Nov. 12-14. On behalf of the more than 4,000 people who are waiting for organ transplants in Illinois, I invite you and your congregation to participate in raising awareness about organ and tissue donation.registry. Read More
National Donor Sabbath is observed annually two weekends before Thanksgiving, from Friday through Sunday. This three-day observance seeks to include the days of worship for major religions practiced in the United States. During National Donor Sabbath, faith leaders from many religions, donor families, transplant recipients, and donation and transplantation professionals participate in services and programs to educate the public about the need for the lifesaving and healing gifts passed to others through transplantation, while also encouraging people to register their decision to be organ, eye and tissue donors.
Despite continuing efforts at public education, misconceptions and inaccuracies about donation and religious view persist. Learn these facts to better understand organ, eye and tissue donation:
What can you do to help increase the number of organs available for transplant?
It's easy! Register as an organ/tissue donor today! If you are 16 or older, register your decision without leaving home. It takes just 30 seconds!
Will registering to become a donor affect the care you receive in a medical emergency situation?
Doctors are only concerned about saving lives. That is their job. Additionally, they do not have access to the donor registry.
Do major eastern and western religions support or encourage donation and transplantation?
Faith leaders agree that if you have the ability to alleviate human suffering through donation, you should try.
Do rich and famous people receive transplants before others?
A national database matches organs from donors with people waiting based on illness, blood type, tissue type, geographical location and time on the waiting list. Income, fame, race or celebrity status are never considered.
Can a donor can have an open casket at a funeral?
The removal of organs is a respectful, surgical procedure with the body carefully restored afterward. There are no visible signs of donation.
Can you be too old to donate?
There have been individuals who have donated organs well into their 80s, and older individuals are, many times, very successful tissue donors.
Is the donor family charged for the removal of their loved ones organs?
Organs are considered gifts and are given to those in critical need. There is no cost.
An informed clergy can assist parishioners with facts and options about organ, eye and tissue donation.
Clergy have their own unique way of sermon preparation and delivery. With that understanding and appreciation, the following suggestions are given as ideas.