RELIGION and DONATION
A commonly asked question about organ and tissue donation is: “Does my religion allow me to be a donor?” The truth is that all major religions in the United States support organ and tissue donation and see it as the final act of love and generosity toward others. To learn more, click here: Religion & Donation
Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency recognizes the importance of our partnerships with our religious leaders who play such a crucial role in our communities. Many individuals and families turn to their place of worship for healing, fellowship and spirituality. The clergy is part of the team that works with us in comforting the potential donor's family. Clergy are often asked to clarify theological and moral questions the potential donor family may have regarding end of life issues.
We ask our clergy to make a commitment to educate their congregations in partnership with LOPA about the facts concerning donation.
Working together we can truly make a difference.
The Department of Health & Human Services has developed a resource guide for faith leaders on organ, eye and tissue donation. Click here to download the brochure: Clergy Resource Guide
EXPLAINING THE DONATION PROCESS
Many families will look to their religious leaders for guidance during their time of grief. Understanding the process of organ and tissue donation will be a great help in explaining donation to your families in need.
This downloadable brochure will answer many of the frequently asked questions about donation. 10 FAQs
When should you discuss organ and tissue donation with families? The time is now! The best time to educate a family is not during their moment of grief, but when they can make their decisions known to their families now. Making sure your family members understand your wishes and decisions makes it so much easier on them when they’re faced with the trauma of losing their loved one.
Discuss your decision with your family and also find out what their wishes are.
Here’s a guide to help you open up a dialogue with your next of kin. Click here to download: Decision Made
Louisiana Stories of Hope
Hear the story of Cassie Edwards, a LOPA Hero, who was able to save two members of her church choir through organ donation. Click here to listen to Cassie's story on The Gifted Life Podcast
How Can You Help?
Promote organ and tissue donation with your congregation. Create family events to encourage discussion about donation and other end-of-life decisions.
We need your help to spread the word about organ donation and help save lives. Register as a volunteer or help your local hospital through pastoral care.
Volunteer today by completing a quick and easy form: LOPA Volunteer
Request a Speaker
LOPA offers outreach education to the public through Community Educators free-of-charge. Contact us today for a community educator to visit in your area: Request A Speaker
Annual events dedicated to raising awareness have been a successful tool in helping save lives, such as:
February 14 – National Donor Day (Valentine’s Day) also Black History Month
April – National Donate Life Month (also one day during April is dedicated as National Blue & Green Day to promote donation by wearing Donate Life colors)
August – A week is dedicated as National Minority Donor Awareness Week to inspire minorities to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. Minorities make up a disproportionate number of the waiting list for kidneys due to an increased risk of diabetes and hypertension, which can lead to renal failure.
November is National Donor Sabbath
Faith based leaders and religious organizations are encouraged to raise awareness during Thanksgiving week to promote donation. Click here for Donor Sabbath materials: National Donor Sabbath
God, Each Day You Give is Precious: A Hymn for Organ Donors and Families
BEACH SPRING 126.96.36.199 D (“God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending”)
Tune: The Sacred Harp, 1844. Harm. James H. Wood, 1958.