We know that families appreciate hearing from the recipients. We also understand how difficult it may be for you to write to the family.

You may want to tell them something about yourself and share your transplant experience.

This short video includes some writing tips and advice from a donor family member and a transplant recipient about writing correspondence.

  • You may write whenever you choose

  • Full name and contact information may be included

  • Your job or occupation

  • Your marital status, children, grandchildren

  • If making religious comments, please keep in mind that the donor's religion is unknown

  • Describe how the transplant changed or improved your life

Most families find comfort in hearing from recipients. A simple card, thank-you note or letter can be uplifting to the family and reassure them of their unselfish decision to help others in the midst of their grief.

You may or may not hear from your donor family. Some donor families have said writing about their loved one and their decision to donate helps them in their grieving process. Other families wish to maintain their privacy and choose not to write.

Please include your name and mailing address so we may notify you when your correspondence is received and forwarded to the family. If you have further questions regarding the communication process, please speak with your Social Worker, or contact LOPA Family Services at 504-837-3355 or 800-521-4483.

Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

LOPA Family Services

68190 Highway 190 Service Rd.

Covington, LA 70433


Sample letter - Writing to a Donor Family

Please click on the link below to see the sample letter.

Note: This is only an example to help get you and your family started in writing your very personal letter. The scenarios in the letter are fiction, both people and the theme.

Writing to a Donor Family - Sample Letter for Recipients