Caring for Donor Families Before, During and After – Second Edition


This updated resource for hospital and organ procurement caregivers goes beyond helping professionals understand the challenges of obtaining consent and invites them to offer compassionate care throughout the family’s experience with the death, including the months and years following.

Designed to help caregivers become sensitive to the unique needs to donor families, this resource includes information on:

  • understanding the family’s initial responses
  • helping families understand brain death
  • facilitating the donation discussion
  • assisting families with meaningful leave-taking rituals
  • understanding long-term grief responses
  • establishing an ongoing family support plan
  • and more!


“As healthcare professionals, we are taught how to deal with the medical, surgical, and immunological aspects of organ donation and transplantation. But we are not taught and are not prepared to deal with the unique emotional, social, and spiritual needs. This book gives us great ┬áinsight into the painful journeys of donor families and how to successfully companion them before, during, and after the donation experience.” — Eileen Young, Senior Transplant Coordinator, Toronto General Hospital

Additional Information

Weight0.5 lbs
Dimensions9 × 6 × 0.5 in
Weight0.5 lbs
Dimensions9 × 6 × 0.5 in

ISBN: 978-1-617221-36-1

Author: Raelynn Maloney, Ph.D., and Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Product Type: Paperback

Number of Pages: 160

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