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How to discuss my decision

Many people don’t realise that their family’s support is needed for organ donation to go ahead.

If you've never talked to your family about your decision to be a donor, they will not know you want to save lives.

A few words can make an extraordinary difference

You could leave them guessing what you would have wanted at a difficult time. Or it might come as a surprise that you have registered your decision to save lives, making it hard to support your decision to donate.

Every year, organs go to waste because relatives aren't sure what their loved one wanted.
If more people join the NHS Organ Donor Register and talk to their families, more lives will be saved, as more families will agree to support their loved one’s decision to donate.

So please talk it over

It doesn't matter how you begin to talk about organ donation to your family. It's just really important that you do.

Check out our tips and amazing personal stories.

Tell your family how you feel about organ donation today.

3 tips to start a conversation

Try using a newspaper, TV story or social media post you've seen.

Explain how donating your organs and tissues will improve, or even save lives.

Tell them how you arrived at the decision to donate your organs.