Family Resource Program
PNTB is dedicated to donors and their families; our responsibility is to provide compassionate care and support to those whose loved one gave the gift of life. The Family Resource Program provides bereavement support and follow-up for donor families through phone calls, letters, and supportive events to honor and remember donors. We also facilitate correspondence between donor families and transplant recipients. Details regarding correspondence can be found here.
Donor families are invited to join PNTB’s Donor Family Advisory Committee, where they can provide insight into some of the ongoing needs of donor families. In addition, some donor families may choose to volunteer for Donate Life Northwest (DLNW), the education team responsible for organ and tissue public outreach in Oregon and SW Washington.
The brochure Writing to Transplant Recipients offers additional information and guidance to help in the letter writing process as well as where to send it once completed. If you would like more support or have additional questions, please feel free to call our Coordinator of Aftercare Services at (503) 494-5560.
The brochure Writing to Donor Families offers additional information and guidance to help in the letter writing process as well as where to send it once completed. If you would like more support or have additional questions, please feel free to call our Coordinator of Aftercare Services at (503) 494-5560.
Our mission is to provide a unified voice for donor families who share their experiences of donation to improve the process and increase awareness of organ, eye, and tissue donation.
Meetings are held quarterly and allow the opportunity for direct feedback from donor families to enhance sensitivity and the effectiveness of each transplant organization’s process.
Members help identify new donor families to participate, are involved in planning Donor Memorial Events, review and comment upon public education materials, and work with Donate Life Northwest to increase family speakers and volunteers for public donor awareness events.
If you are interested in becoming involved with the Donor Family Advisory committee, please contact one of the following to request a DFAC application:Rebecca SimonFamily Services CoordinatorPacific Northwest Transplant Bank503-494-5560 Corrina PatzerDirector of Business DevelopmentLions VisionGift503-808-7004
National Donor Family Council: www.donorfamily.org
The online home of the National Kidney Foundation’s Donor Family Council. You will find support from other donor families, be able to remember a loved one, or find other resources to help you on your grief journey.Grief Watch: www.griefwatch.com
Resources for bereaved families and professional caregivers. This site will provide you with resources, memorial products and links that can support you through your loss.The Dougy Center: www.dougy.org
The National Center for Grieving Children and their families. Offers online resources as well as support groups.Compassionate Friends: www.compassionatefriends.org
A web-based support center for families dealing with the loss of a child of any age. Information, resources and local chapter support groups are available.What's Your Grief: www.whatsyourgrief.com
Grief education, exploration, and expression in both practical and creative ways amongst a supportive community.