Organ Donation - who knows?

Published on February 09, 2016

Today, there are 9,000 people in the UK waiting for a transplant and by this time next year, 1,000 of those will have died waiting for a suitable donor. The most common organ to fail in the human body is the kidney and whilst being in need of a kidney is unlikely to end your life, it does bring many challenges that will seriously affect the quality of it.

It is surprising that in spite of recent campaigns and a incredibly easy 'opt in' process, there are still thousands of us that haven't signed the organ donor register. There are still lots of misconceptions surrounding organ donation, from thinking that professionals don't try as hard to save your life if you are on the register through to thinking that your details may be traced and cause future problems for your family.

In reality, organ donation is a personal choice and a choice that can easily be shared with the NHS via the Organ Donor Register. It does however bring up lots of questions about the end of your life and leads us to thinking about what other types of instructions we should leave for our loved ones.

At PlanMyFuneral, we have found that lots of our clients assume that their families will just know their end of life preferences from the religious nature of their service to their choice between a burial or cremation. There are people who would be happy with the most basic of send offs whilst their families think they would hope for a lavish send off and vice versa. Yet, just like that of organ donation, these conversations can't be had once you are gone and although you may know your preference and choices, you should ask yourself, who else does?

As part of the process of planning your own funeral, you are able to get relevant advice from undertakers and other funeral experts who will help you plan and pay for your own funeral before you die. This pre paid funeral plan will bring a whole host of benefits including reduced funeral fees, flexible payment plans but most of all, it will bring clarity and peace of mind to you and your loved ones.

A funeral plan is one of the only ways to really ensure you will get the end of life service you wish for. Just life the organ donor register, your choices, once detailed in a funeral plan or funeral family trust, can not be ignored, can not be changed and will be carried out in accordance with your wishes.

We think it's really important not only to think about your end of life plans but also share them. So if you would like to sign the organ donor register, you can do so here whilst if you would like to discuss your funeral plan, you can contact a member of our expert team today. Remember, it's not whether you know that matters, the question is, who else does?

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