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Doctors Medical Center Chaplain Participates in Donor Network West Webinar on Organ Donation

Nov 12, 2020

2020-ndsDoctors Medical Center Chaplain Jeremy Brown participated in a recent webinar discussion hosted by Donor Network West in observance of National Donor Sabbath.

The webinar – titled “In Times Like These: Faith at the Bedside” – took place on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. Participants heard from hospital chaplains and spiritual leaders about how organ and tissue donation is viewed in the faith-based community.

Chaplain Jeremy Brown spoke about Doctors Medical Center’s Honor Walk program and the importance of organ donation.

“Organ donation is a powerful thing and I see it firsthand in the hospital. When I’m able to be part of a case, I’m reminded that organ donation is such a powerful demonstration of God’s redemptive power. He can turn something heartbreaking into something beautiful,” Brown said during the webinar. “We know there is tremendous loss and tremendous grief in these cases, and it’s a long road. But at the same time, there is also a sense of hope that the family knows their loved one’s life is not ending and in many ways, their gift will continue their legacy for years to come.”

Other topics covered during this week’s webinar include:

  • Best practices from faith leaders working with individuals during the end-of-life
  • How faith-based outreach is an important element of educating diverse communities about organ and tissue donation
  • Common myths about organ donation
  • Ways to encourage congregants to hold difficult family discussions about end-of-life wishes
National Donor Sabbath is observed annually two weekends before Thanksgiving, from Friday through Sunday (Nov. 13-15, 2020). During National Donor Sabbath, faith leaders from many religions, donor families, transplant recipients, and donation and transplantation professionals participate in services and programs to educate the public about the need for the lifesaving and healing gifts passed to others through transplantation, while also encouraging people to register their decision to be organ, eye and tissue donors.

To register to become an organ donor, simply head to RegisterMe.org.

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