Last Saturday the local organ transplant organization, Lifecenter Northwest, held its annual donor appreciation event. I wasn't able to make it last year, and so was eager and curious to see what it was like this year. As it happens, a friend of mine from church who lost her husband three months after I lost Sue was also going to be attending, as her late husband had been a donor too. The event was quite fabulous - a truly meaningful way to honor those who gave and the families that remain behind and grieve their loss. The event was held at the old Seattle Town Hall. The auditorium was set up like this:
Both the national and local transplant organizations encourage donor families to make quilt squares in honor of their loved donors, and what you see flanking the screen above are two of the quilts made up from those squares. The ceremony included speeches by a recipient mom, a donor wife, a college professor who teaches on grief and loss, a quilt square pinning ceremony, a candle lighting ceremony and a slide show honoring the donors. The latter two were particularly meaningful for me and are depicted below. The next picture is of my candle being lit in honor of Sue.
This last picture is of the slide of Sue that was in the donor tribute. It's a fabulous picture that remains the quintessential picture of her.