Dear donor’s fam­ily,

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - News -

MY fa­ther had been ill for nearly 20 years and was suf­fer­ing ter­ri­bly.

Then, in late May, 1988, that call came of­fer­ing your gift of life. Our joy and hap­pi­ness were un­con­fined.

Dad’s life was trans­formed as were ours. He lived and loved for many, many years to come, spend­ing all this new life with his fam­ily. He was there for fam­ily wed­dings, and to meet his many grand­chil­dren that came along. Now as adults they have had the priv­i­lege of know­ing him and be­ing loved by him. It is of im­mense joy to me that he was alive to meet and share my chil­dren’s lives. He was also there to help us at the times when life didn’t go our way. His sup­port and love at these times was in­valu­able.

Many, many years later I be­came aware that our fam­ily had not writ­ten to you to ex­press our deep sor­row for the loss of your loved one. Nor did we write to ex­press our ev­er­last­ing thanks to you for your gen­eros­ity at a time of hor­ror and trauma for your fam­ily. So I would like to do that now. We are eter­nally grate­ful to you. Our fam­ily’s joy was born of your sor­row. Your loved one has not been, and will never be, for­got­ten by our fam­ily. I want you to know that your loved one was prayed for ev­ery night and at ev­ery an­nual trans­plant mass, can­dles were lit in his/her hon­our.

Please for­give our fam­ily for not writ­ing to you at the time when you needed to hear from us.

I have no doubt that your loved one was as won­der­ful a per­son as you all are be­cause your gift of life can only come from a fam­ily who know what love and life is all about.

Thank you so very, very much.

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