A note on organ donation

Nobody really wants to think about what is going to happen with their body after they die…

But it’s a conversation that needs to be had.

The idea of someone poking around and taking out what’s still useful before your blood has even run cold might feel a little unsettling to some – I get it; but I also have to be honest…

If you’re thinking like this, you need to get over yourself.

Medical professionals don’t just swarm around your body like vultures, scalpel in hand, the moment you’re declared dead. There are strict criteria in place in the UK for the diagnosis of death. Organs are never removed until the patient’s death has been confirmed in line with these criteria.

You won’t have any use for your organs in the grave, but your death could spell a new beginning for someone else in need of a transplant. You could use your death to give somebody else life – is that not something to feel comforted by?

Thousands of people in the UK are waiting for an organ transplant. Around three people die every day across the country due to a shortage of people willing to donate their organs. Statistics like that naturally beg the question: why is this even a hard decision to make?

Getting all sentimental about something that you will not be around to witness or experience in any way is pointless. We should try to be less squeamish when it comes to discussing death. It comes us all eventually, after all. As has been written and said many times before – to the well organised mind, death is but the next great adventure.

I’ve finally got around to joining the organ donor register today – I think you should too.

Join the organ donor register

If you’re looking to register, make sure to have a chat with your loved ones. Many people are unaware that their family’s support is needed for organ donation to go ahead. Too many organs go to waste because family members are left unsure about what the donor really wanted. 

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