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Letter Examples

Letter One

    Dear Friends,

 I have often thought about what I would say to the people who in a time of grief and despair could think of others and donate a loved one's organs. I received a  ------- I felt that I had to write to you to express my gratitude, it is difficult to find the words to adequately express my feelings. "Thank you" just doesn't seem enough.

 My doctor tells me I was within weeks of total  --------  failure when I received the -------- was a perfect match and has worked perfectly from the moment it was transplanted into me. I haven't had any trouble, rejection, or sickness since. My health and energy have returned, and I was able to return full time to my job as a ---------   ? months after the operation.

Besides resuming all my previous activities, I got to enjoy our daughter's wedding etc, . I have also become a  grandmother with my other daughter and I have you to thank for the health to enjoy this as well as life itself again.

I thank the Lord each day for you and your decision to donate. I will keep you always in my prayers. May the Lord bless you and your family for your selfless and generous heart.

    Thank you for my health and life!


Letter Two

We do not know anything about the donor family but to who ever you are " we are so thankful that you and your family was thoughtful enough to donate for someone else, like my husband/Wife etc, who can now go on in life.  We cannot thank you enough for what you have done.  Your family is in our prayers and everyday we thank GOD for my ------ second chance in life!  We cannot say we know what you are going through in your time of loss, but our heart goes out to you and your family. and we hope that you will receive the blessing knowing that a part of your family is within  ours.  ~we have so much to be thankful for:   

My ------ just went to our  grandsons 21st (etc) yesterday and this might not have happened if your family had not made a wonderful decision in life.

Our prayers are with the donor family, and we pray that GOD gives you the strength and comfort to be strong and just keep those special memories close to your hearts, where they belong.

All my family  have now signed  donor cards.


Letter Three

Dear Donor Family,

"Thank You"

These two words seem so inadequate for the gift of life you have given me, you have given me a second chance of life.

I must offer my deepest sympathy for your loss, mere words from a stranger, but heartfelt just the same. Perhaps.

I knew nothing about the donor only that they must have been kind, caring, compassionate and generous, something they had to have learned from you, their family.

I only hope that I am able to justify the use of this wonderful gift.

Not a day goes by without me thinking of the donor and their family who without I would not have had a second chance to live.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart etc,

A grateful recipient.



Letter Four

Dear Family

May I express my condolences on the loss of your loved one. My thoughts and prayers are with you and will be so for the rest of my life.

My name is ------, I am 49 etc. and I’m married with two grown up children. I have been ill with liver disease for sometime and was told that a liver transplant was the only option.

Since then my condition deteriorated and I was constantly tired and had difficulty walking. I waited ? months for my transplant and I cannot describe the difference it has made to my life and also to the life of my family. The doctors are very pleased with my progress and my life, which was on hold, has started again.

I am aware that it is purely because of your kindness that I have been given a second chance. Out of your grief has come joy for me and my family. To say thank you seem inadequate but I do so from the bottom of my heart. I often think of you and my donor, and you all will always be in the thoughts and prayers of me and my family.

My Thoughts and prayers are with you always

A grateful recipient.




If you would like to contribute your own personal thank you letter to help other liver patients, then please get in touch. It would be greatly appreciated.

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