You can help your family and friends have - and remember - the discussion.
A good start is to use everyday situations to start a discussion on important life issues, including what to do with your organs and tissues when you die. This might include:
- The next time your family sits down together for a meal
- Making a will or advanced health directive
- Getting life insurance or income protection
- Leaving home for the first time as a young adult
- Getting or renewing your driver's licence
- Celebrating an anniversary with your partner
- Having a significant birthday: 21, 30, 40, 50 or more
- Getting a check-up at the GP
- Hearing about someone who has been a donor, needs a transplant or has had a transplant
- Watching donation and transplantation stories on TV or seeing a media article
- Seeing or hearing an ad on TV, radio or billboards
- Seeing a traumatic event in the news
- After a friend or family member dies
- When children discuss the topic at school.
If you have already had a discussion with your family about your wishes, these events provide a good opportunity to repeat your wishes to ensure they are remembered.
Share your decision using Your DonateLife Message
Your DonateLife Message lets you create a personalised message to send to your loved ones letting them know that you've made the important decision to become an organ and/or tissue donor.