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3,954,178 Registered Donors
1,309 Awaiting Transplant
1,116 Kidney
13 Kidney/Pancreas
7 Pancreas
113,035 National Wait List
123 Liver
53 Heart
12 Lung
3 Heart/Lung
3 Intestine

Family Issues

Do I have to tell my family?

No. Your family will be notified of your decision to donate at the time of your death. You are strongly encouraged to inform your family now so it will not be a surprise to them at a very difficult time.

What if my family is against my donation?

Your Registry record serves as first-person consent and your choice will be honored. At the time when donation is possible, family members will be informed of your choice to donate. Family members will also be informed about the donation process and about how their loved one will be handled with great care. In the case of sudden death, it will ease the family’s pain to know your choice.

Will donation affect memorial or funeral arrangements?
  • No. Generally, donation does not delay funeral or memorial services.
  • Donation does not prevent an open casket funeral.
What if I do not want my remains returned to family members or an estate?

If you do not want your remains returned to family members or an estate after donation, the details must be arranged and in place with a funeral home prior to death. Otherwise, it will fall into the order of priority by the state law (§194.119 RSMo).

Can my relatives make the donation decision?

If you have recorded your decision to be an organ and tissue donor and have not revoked that decision, then your relatives cannot make the decision for you. In the absence of a donor designation or if a person is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated minor, the law provides a priority list of who is responsible for making the final donation decision.

Is there support for donor families?

Yes! There are three agencies that offer support to families. It does not matter where your family member donated. Call one of these agencies:

  • Mid-America Transplant: (314) 991-1661
  • Midwest Transplant Network: (913) 261-6106
  • Saving Sight: (800) 753-2265