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Wrapped in Mourning: The Gift of Life and Donor Family Trauma (Series in Death, Dying, and Bereavement) Hardcover – May 1, 2001

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"Contrasting the joy of recipient families and the positive outcomes of organ donation described by the media enthralled with the wonders of medical technology, "Wrapped in Mourning: The Gift of Life and Organ Donation Family Trauma presents a seldom acknowledged aspect of transplantation. As one family member states, 'I'm talking about the darker side of organ donation. It's much more complicated than any news story can convey.'."-Death Studies, May 2003 "Without question, this book is destined to be a classic for those involved in all aspects of the organ donation process. ... If the information in this work is comprehended, and its guidance followed, donor families will be exceptionally well-served."-Therese A. Rando, Ph.D., BCETS, BCBT, The Institute for the Study of and Treatment of Loss, Warwick, RI "This wonderful book provides a prespective that is not often seen -- how the donor family is affected by donation. It will be a wonderful tool in the field of organ transplantation and help professionals understand the effects, both positive and negative, on the donor family.Jennifer Y. Ralston, MSW, Barnes-Jewish Hospital.""As a hospital chaplain who has witnessed the miracles that can accompany an organ donation, the ill-prepared and grief driven dilemmas and approaches of family members and the generally less than adequate approaches of the professionals called on to step in, this book is a wise informer on these issues and will particularly help professionals feel more comfortable in walking with people through these discussions and also doing more advocacy in the community long before the crisis time warranting decision-making.."-Resources Hotline, Vol. 6, No. 5 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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  • Series: Series in Death, Dying, and Bereavement
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583910557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583910559
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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I won't lie. This book was really hard to read at some points. Some of the stories in here are my nightmare. That my donor families would not feel at peace with their decision to donate...well, that's almost too much to bear.

But, the truth is the truth. As a transplant patient, I feel it is my responsibility to look at all of the realities that encircle donation, not just the ones that make me feel good. I learned things about grief and donor family perspectives that I never knew. Hearing about the mistakes in the hospital that cause such confusion and pain for donor families made me just sick. I know this system all too well to not know that those things are true. To have those things happen when you are struggling with death is simply tragic.

I am very glad I read this book. It only increased my appreciation for the two families that donated their loved ones lungs to save me from my own early death. But after reading this book, I see so much more clearly that, often, it's not about my near death at all. It's really about a family's loss. I think us recipients can lose sight of this simple fact very easily.

Thank you for writing this book.

Tiffany Christensen, Author of "Sick Girl Speaks!"
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