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How to discuss your decision

Don't leave your family guessing.

Help them to make a decision at a difficult time. It doesn't matter how you begin to talk about organ donation to your family. It's just really important that you do.

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.

If you want to become an organ donor

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 organ donation decision, they will not know you want to save lives.

Five points to consider

  • Organ donation saves lives but there is a shortage of donors. You can make an extraordinary difference
  • One donor can save or transform up to nine lives
  • Patients are dying while organs are going to waste
  • Even if your organs can’t be used, you could still help others by donating sight
  • You could leave your family feeling proud that you saved lives