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.

Writing to Recipients

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.

Writing to Donor Families

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.

Threads of Life Quilt

The Threads of Life Quilt is a visual display of the lives impacted by organ, eye and tissue donation and the bond between those who have given and those who have received. PNTB supports Donate Life Northwest and Yes Idaho in this program to honor donors, donor families, living donors, recipients, and transplant candidates. Because the quilt programs will always exist to commemorate all of the lives touched by donation, there is no deadline for submitting a quilt square. Every year in April, a new quilt of life is created from the quilt squares submitted that year and unveiled in our service area. To have your quilt square included in the current year's unveiling, please submit squares by February. Specific details on each quilt program, how to submit a square honoring life, and where to send completed squares can be found in the following links:

Oregon and SW Washington Quilt Program

Idaho Quilt Program

Donor Family Advisory Committee

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 Simon
Family Services Coordinator
Pacific Northwest Transplant Bank
503-494-5560
 
Corrina Patzer
Director of Business Development
Lions VisionGift
503-808-7004
 

Grief Resources

National Donor Family Councilwww.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 Watchwww.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 Centerwww.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.