Losing a loved one is a traumatic experience. Our Donor Family Aftercare support team provides families with customized resources and referrals available by phone, as well as follow-up support for at least a year and a half to help families navigate the grieving process.
We are here for you
Everybody grieves differently.
During the weeks and months following the loss of a loved one, our Donor Family Aftercare program provides you with continued support for a minimum of 18 months to help you move toward a place of comfort at your own pace and with the assurance that we are here to help every step of the way.
We touch base with personal phone calls and provide you with resources specific to your grieving needs. You will also receive a donation outcome letter telling you a little bit about how your loved one’s gifts may help others.
Going forward, we will provide you with opportunities to honor your loved one and their gift of life, including a Gift of Life Donor Medal and invitations to our annual Donation Celebrations. These are great ways to keep the memories of your loved one present.
The LifeCenter Northwest Blog
Keep up with the news and stories about donor families and transplant recipients.
2022: A year of generosity contributes to a historic milestone for the nation’s organ donation and transplant system
Last year, LifeCenter Northwest facilitated the donation of 921 organs from 310 deceased organ donors for life-saving transplants from across Alaska, Montana, northern Idaho and Washington. These acts of altruism … Read More
Many of us begin the new year resolved to make changes to improve our lives and help others. We might vow to eat better, get more exercise, spend more time … Read More
Kaylea Curry will be honored during the 2023 Rose Parade that takes place in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 2, 2023.
Debra Smith and her only child, Jennipher Lorber, were the dynamic duo. “It was us against the world,” says Jennipher. Debra was the fun mom. The life of the party. … Read More
**This is a guest blog submitted by Joshua Hunter. This piece details Joshua’s transplant journey and recovery. I’m a double lung transplant recipient. My wife and I believe that without … Read More
Patient Receives 1st Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD) Heart Transplant in the Pacific Northwest
Innovative Procedure Creates More Opportunities for Life-Saving Donations as U.S. Reaches One Million Transplant Milestone Seattle (Sept. 23, 2022) – On Aug. 11, LifeCenter Northwest, the Organ Procurement Organization for … Read More
As anyone who’s been involved with donation can tell you, lung procurement and transplant is quite challenging. The lungs of brain-dead donors or lungs that have been injured can be … Read More
By Suzanne Watnick and Santokh Gill *This article originally appeared in the Seattle Times on Sept. 20., 2022 It’s no secret that communities of color have struggled with the U.S. … Read More
What is National Hispanic Heritage Month? Observed annually from September 15-October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month commemorates the histories and cultures of American citizens’ ancestors from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, … Read More
LifeCenter celebrates its silver anniversary this year. That’s right—25 years of saving lives! LifeCenter Northwest was founded in 1997 and recovered 254 organs from 91 deceased organ donors that year. … Read More
When Charles Birtwistle, an aspiring doctor, tragically lost his life at the age of 32, his family knew his wishes. Charles had been a registered organ donor from the time … Read More
Each month, LifeCenter Northwest selects a LifeSaver Award winner. This award honors and recognizes those who demonstrate a commitment to improving donation outcomes and culture through their actions, time and … Read More
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