Organ donation can be part of someone’s spiritual journey. Many turn to faith leaders for guidance and support when awaiting or receiving a transplant, donating a loved ones organs, or helping a friend through these experiences. Midwest Transplant Network has a rich history of working closely with local religious and spiritual communities to encourage others on matters related to giving the gift of life through organ donation.

The Spiritual Perspective

All major religions support organ, tissue and eye donation because acts of love and compassion define what it means to be a person of faith. Every life is precious and belongs to the human community that protects the well-being of its members. When life is understood to be a gift, we can give it to others upon our deaths through organ and tissue donation.

National Donor Sabbath

National Donor Sabbath is an opportunity for people of all religious faiths to join together and reflect on the spirit of giving and the need for organ, tissue and eye donors. At Midwest Transplant Network, we come together with faith leaders, donor families, transplant recipients, and donation and transplantation professionals to honor the gift of donation during National Donor Sabbath each November. If you are interested in planning an event in honor of National Donor Sabbath Month, please contact Midwest Transplant Network. We can provide educational materials, posters, state brochures and bulletin inserts to help promote your event.

Additional Resources

You may find the following tools and information helpful:

  • Faith Leaders Resource Guide, which provides materials to help you inform, support and build awareness of organ, tissue and eye donation
  • General Education Guide, which provides in-depth information on general topics related to donation

View Donation Facts to learn more about how organ, tissue and eye donation can enhance the lives of others in your community.