Talk to your loved ones
Whatever your organ donation decision, the best thing you can do is talk with your loved ones to give them the certainty they need to support it.
Leave them certain
Your family will always be involved
Your family will always be involved before organ donation goes ahead.
Your family can override your decision if they aren't sure what you want. So, leave them certain.
9 out of 10 families support donation going ahead when they know it's what their loved one would have wanted.
Each year hundreds of opportunities for transplants are missed because families aren't sure what to do.
Amazing as it seems, you can save lives just by having a conversation.
And if you decide not to become an organ donor, you can still help your family through a difficult time by making sure they know what you want.
Your ethnicity matters
Be the difference
Black and South Asian patients wait longer than white patients for a transplant, and although people can receive a transplant from someone of any ethnicity, the best transplants come from donors of the same ethnicity.
Your faith and culture
Faith and culture play a big part in how people feel about organ donation, and talking to your loved ones about your decision can sometimes take courage.
It's normal for you or your family to have questions about whether your faith or beliefs affect your ability to become an organ donor.
Take your time. Approach it like you would a normal conversation. Perhaps chat over a cup of tea or when you’re out for a walk together. Start gently.
It's important you're as open with each other as you can be, and that you try to understand each other's thinking. Remember, you don't have to agree!
Download one of our organ donor cards and use it as a prompt to start talking if it helps.
Go for it!
If you’re always promising yourself that you’ll bring it up another time... well, now is the time!
Have you registered your decision?
The best way to ensure your organ donation decision is supported is to register it on the NHS Organ Donor Register and talk to your loved ones. You can opt in or out of organ donation, and can change your decision at any time.
Thanks to everyone who has already registered their decision and had a conversation with those closest to them.
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English organ donation law has changed
You still have a choice about whether or not you wish to become a donor.
Organ donation law where you live
Organ donation laws vary in different countries across the United Kingdom.