My Letter to My Heart Donor’s Family
Ok, I’ve finally done it! It’s been over two years now and I’ve finally written a letter to my heart donor’s family, letting them know how grateful I am for his or her generous donation. I have not sent this out yet, because I would definitely like to know what others think. Thanks!
Here it is:
March 26, 2011,
To the family and friends of my most generous heart donor,
My name is Steven Berg and I am the incredibly grateful recipient of your loved one’s heart whose life was taken from you over 2 years’ ago in November 2008. I apologize that I have allowed so much time to go by before reaching out to you, but I wanted to make sure I allowed enough time to pass before doing so.
First of all, I want to express my most sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. Although I don’t know the circumstances surrounding the events that led up to his or her death, I wanted you to know that because of the self-less generosity of your son or daughter, husband or wife, mother or father, sister or brother, aunt or uncle, cousin, niece or nephew, or even friend or neighbor, at least one life has been saved. Because of him or her, not only did I get my own life back, but my 4-year-old son got his daddy back!
Secondly, even though I could never give back the life of the one you lost, I can only pay tribute to him or her through volunteering and becoming a serious advocate for organ donation and to raise awareness of it.
I am not necessarily expecting a response back from you, but please feel free to do so if you like.
Thank you again so much and God Bless!