It’s Donate Life Week this week. A week to remind ourselves and others to have the chat about organ donation and make sure our friends and families know our wishes. And maybe, hopefully inspire more people to consider donating their organs if the worst was to happen. So have the chat and get involved with the thunderclap.
If you don’t donate your organs, what happens to them? They rot away in a box or get burned. That’s it. If you donate them – you’re positively contributing to quality of life of another individual (and the people who love them), and for some literally saving their lives. You don’t need your organs once you’re gone. I know for some they feel a discomfort with the idea of cutting up their body (or the body of someone they love) or they have a sense of going on to the afterlife incomplete – I’d just say, people lose limbs, have scars, have their tonsils removed etc while they are still living. None of these things makes them incomplete or less worthy in the afterlife, none of these things makes their body less beautiful or precious. So imagine instead, the beautiful, generous gift you can give to extend and improve life of another through the donation of your organs when you no longer need them. That’s a legacy worth leaving.
Last year for the FilmLife Project I wrote a blog about organ donation called ‘One Life?’ and I want to share those words with you again and ask you to think about your position and #havethechat with your family this year.
Only one. Just one.
One to live with, to soar with, to sing with, to love with.
What would you give? What would you risk?
For one more?
One more moment;
One more day;
One more life.
Lives held suspended along the length of a siren’s light;
Lives stolen, broken, smashed, ripped, torn;
Daily, nightly, weekly.
And we’re never ready. Never prepared. Never willing to hold those hands one last time. We haven’t asked. Haven’t spoken. Haven’t thought.
You’d still be here;
We’d grow old together.
There are two sides to every story.
Two lives held in check, waiting on the other side of moments like these. Moments where a family sits together and waits. In an emergency room. Waiting to know – will they wake up? Will they be ok? There are other families sitting together and waiting too. In Doctor’s waiting rooms and hospital wards. Families slipping in and out of hospital rooms and home bedrooms watching loved ones quality of life, and sometimes life altogether slip away.
Strung together across cities and towns and farms across the country are people waiting. People waiting to live, people waiting to choose.
If your lover/mother/father/sibling/child was in an accident what would you choose?
If your lover/mother/father/sibling/child was dying from heart/liver/kidney failure what would you ask for?
There was a time people believed the things they were buried with went with them into the afterlife. There was a time people believed the Earth was flat and that the Sun was a god. We’re learnt a lot since then.
You can’t take your organs with you. You can burn them up. You can put them in the ground to rot.
Or you can Donate Life. You can end the wait for families you’ll never meet. You can give someone somewhere another moment, another day, another life.
You can know that some small part of you, or your loved one can live on and change the world.
Make the choice. Talk to your family. Make your wish count. Donate Life.
*This little blog was the winner of the FilmLife Blogging Competition, but there were many other fantastic blogs and films created to increase awareness of Organ Donation. Carly Findlay (one of the judges) shared some of the highlights here.
You can get involved with the 2014 FilmLife Competition by creating your own short film to highlight organ donation. All the details here.
Also be sure to head over and like ‘Sparking Life’ here.