Tomorrow, Tricia and I will join with millions of others as we remember the Death and celebrate the Life of One so long ago that has given the hope of Life for All.
I wanted to write something about the meaning and importance of Easter to Tricia and I, but I remembered this post and really couldn't think of anything that I could say better than what has already been written.
The following was originally posted on 2.22.08 (exactly one month ago, the day Tricia was listed).
Death is a reality of life. Depending on your views of God, family, religion, life, ethics, etc., you may look at death in a different way than we do...but none of us can deny that the physical death of our bodies is inevitable.
Organ Donation, whether from a living or deceased donor, is perhaps the greatest gift one person can give another.
Today, we have celebrated the fact that Tricia has been activated to receive a double lung transplant. We celebrate because Tricia is being given an opportunity to continue living beyond the next few months. We celebrate because there are people in this world who have chosen to use their death to be a blessing to others.
A healthy organ donor can be a blessing to up to 7 different people through their death.
Today, 78 people (in the US) received the organ donation that they have been waiting for.
It is for these reasons that we celebrate.
But, for Tricia and the nearly 100,000 other patients waiting for an organ donation to continue living, people who have made the choice to be donors have to die. And for those people (and their families) who gave the ultimate gift yesterday, today and tomorrow, we say "thank you" with all sincerity and humility.
We do not celebrate the death of an organ donor. But, we do celebrate their gift of life.
We do not pray for a donor to die (God knows that death doesn't need any more of our "help"). But, we do pray that through their gift of life, their family is going to be helped in their grieving process because of their loved one's gift of life.
We have been waiting for this day for a long time, knowing, as much as humanly possible, all that it means for us and the donor and our families and friends. We have also been praying for the donor and family and friends for just as long.
We ask that you pray and think about Tricia's donor with us. For some more great insight on how to do this, please take a few moments to Read This.
Thank you very much.