Each year, the lives of thousands of men, women and children are saved or improved through the generous gifts of organ and tissue donors. The miracle of transplantation would not be possible without the generosity of donors and their families. Legacy of Life Hawai'i offers support to donor families in the hospital and ongoing support through our aftercare program. This section explains how our Family Services Program offers ongoing support to donor families. Gather ideas about how to honor and commemorate a loved one by making a quilt square for Hawaii's Donor Quilt, find information about how to write to transplant recipients, learn about annual events like the Donor Recognition Ceremony and Hope for the Holidays Grief Workshop, and browse additional resources available to donor families. Don't forget to view our "Stories" page to read moving stories of organ and tissue donors who leave a legacy of life for others, as well as moving stories from recipients.
"The miracle of transplantation would not be possible without the generosity of donors and their families."
Donor Recognition Ceremony
Each year friends and families gather to remember Hawaii's organ, tissue and eye donors at the annual Donor Recognition Ceremony hosted by Legacy of Life Hawai'i. One of the highlights of the Donor Recognition Ceremony is the Monarch Butterfly Release, which allows each family to release a butterfly in remembrance of their loved one. Butterflies are released, symbolizing the release of the spirit and the transforming gift of donation.
Hope for the Holidays
Each year in November, Legacy of Life Hawai'i hosts a grief workshop for donor families called Hope for the Holidays. We gather to remember the love and compassion of Hawaii's organ and tissue donors, as well as honor the gift of life they gave through donation. Hope for the Holidays is an afternoon of healing grief activities. It is a time to share with one another, exchange stories, laugh and sometimes, cry.