Give to Live

If you want love, you’ve got to give a little
If you want faith, you gotta believe a little
If you want peace, turn your cheek a little
Ohhh, you’ve got to give
You’ve got to give
You’ve got to give…to live

Lyrics from ‘Give to Live’ by Sammy Hagar

When I lived in the UK I carried a red, white and blue (patriotic eh?) card in my wallet that indicated that in the case of my death, my organs could be harvested and donated. I also gave blood. Back then I was a real generous guy!

Unlike donating blood where you need to be alive to do, you donate your organs after you die, therefore not inconveniencing you at all, well except the part where you dead. There are many reasons to decide to donate your organs and a few against it, but at the end of the day, you are the one who has to decide what becomes of your parts after you have departed.

If you decide to become a donor, it is very important to let your family know this. It avoids any misunderstanding and lets them know that even in death, you are helping others.

If you are wondering if your religious beliefs would stop you from donating, here is a quick breakdown, taken from the Trillium Gift of Life website to help you understand.

Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Taoism, Judaism, Islam, Baptist, Episcopal, Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Catholicism, Seventh Day Adventist, Protestantism, Mormon, Amish and Church of Christ Science all either encourage or leave it up to the individual to decide.

Shinto and Romas are against donation but if you have any doubts, simply speak to your religious leader before deciding.

More information can be found on the Trillium website at http://www.giftoflife.on.ca/en/faq.htm

When you die, you have save up to 8 different lives as well as enhancing many more. Think of it as the ultimate charity donation, something that won’t make you feel good, may leave you feeling a little empty inside, but which is a pretty awesome thing. It makes you a hero and that is always a very good thing.

The organs and tissues that can be donated include the heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, small bowel, stomach, corneas, heart valves, bone and skin. Sorry guys, no other parts can be donated, no matter how impressive they are!

Of course, if you feel very attached to your liver, you can choose not to donate that part of you. Depending on how much drinking you have done, this might be the best choice for everyone!

Registering to donate is simpler than ever, you just go to the website and sign up. Click here for the website. I just registered and it took less than three minutes! I encourage you to do this, it is a good thing to do!

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