There are currently around 657,000 people from Northern Ireland on the NHS Organ Donation Register, that’s around 36% of the total population.
5th September 2016, sees the start of Organ Donation Week, a time when the organ donation and transplant community raise awareness of organ donation.
There are many cultural and religious reasons why people would choose to donate their organs or not. It is and should remain a decision based on individual values and beliefs.
While it’s a personal choice, and regardless of the outcome of the decision, its important family and friends are aware of a person’s wishes. We know there is a willingness to discuss dying and related issues, because people openly share their views and experiences with us when we meet them in community halls, shopping centres, cafes and other places across Northern Ireland.
People have told us that information on practical issues such as writing a will, making funeral arrangements, advice on insurance,
pensions, legal advice and other financial issues is very useful, along with helping the patient to consider issues such as organ donation; decisions relating to resuscitation and providing access to faith and counselling services.
When families or friends know the wishes of their loved ones, it can make the situation less stressful and give confidence to fulfil your wish of being an organ donor or not.
How do you feel about organ donation and what would help you make a decision on organ donation?
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