How Donation Works
If you and your family are new to donation and have questions about how the process works, click here for the answers. In addition to helping you learn about how organ and tissue donation can save and improve lives, Gift of Life Michigan has many services to help you and the rest of your family cope, grieve, understand and – if you wish – become an advocate of donation after your loved one has selflessly given the ultimate gifts.
What we offer:
- Information to help you make a decision about organ and tissue donation, including our Family Care Guide.
- A Donate Life logo for use with published obituaries and funeral materials.
- An opportunity to create a quilt square to honor your family member. Each original patch will be used to make one of dozens of donor quilts displayed at events and memorials statewide to spread the message of organ donation. > View the quilts and read donor stories.
- Donor families will be invited to an annual ceremony that honors the past year’s donors. The Michigan Donor Family Gathering includes a memorial photo slide show, when each donor's name is read aloud to honor them personally.
- Rose planting and flag raising ceremonies at hospitals across the state to honor donors and their families.
- An opportunity to join the Donor Family Advisory Committee, which acts as an advocacy arm of Gift of Life Michigan. The committee works with Gift of Life and Eversight to help provide support for other donor families and promote awareness. The group today has a broad spectrum of families of organ, eye and tissue donor families. Many members of this committee also belong to the Michigan Donor Family Council, which is a separate nonprofit organization.
- Information and resources regarding the Donate Life Transplant Games of America, held in a different city every other year.
- An invitation to include a photo of your loved one in the Circle of Life Garden at LIFE Walk/Run in Detroit each July.
You are special!
Family members of donors are very special to Gift of Life, so we work hard to support and help you during your grieving process and beyond. Email our aftercare services staff or call 866-500-5801 for more information on resources available to you, as well as volunteer opportunities within the donation community.