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organ donation 
28th-Sep-2006 03:59 pm
Lexi in the woods
I recently signed up with Donate Life California, the official California online organ donor registry. If you're in California and you haven't registered as an organ donor, I hope you will. If you have religious objections, please look into it anyway — many of the religion-based arguments against organ donation have been thoroughly and effectively refuted by knowledgeable members of said religions.

Once you've registered, the next step is to inform your next of kin and loved ones of your decision. Next of kin are often able to stop an organ donation, even if the donor had previously expressed a desire to donate. Make sure they know what you want and that it's important to you.

I've discussed this with spiritualmonkey and with my dad, and will do so again to be sure we're all on the same page. I also want to go on record here — while realizing that this is not legally binding on anyone, it is an expression of my wishes. After I'm gone, if you hear that whoever's making the decision about my corpse is refusing to donate, just point them back here and tell them to rethink.

So, for the record:
I believe that after I die, the body that remains behind will be only a husk. The consciousness that currently animates this bodymind will be gone. My flesh will be of no use to me any more, but it might be of use to someone else.

After I die, I want my next of kin to give permission for an autopsy. After the autopsy is done, donate every organ and every scrap of tissue that can help someone else, whether that's directly as a transplant, or indirectly as a donation to a medical school.

Deal with whatever's not useful through cremation or eco-burial and scatter my dust, preferably on a sunny hillside near a creek or other body of water.
The only thing we know for sure is that we're all going to die. Once I've crossed over this terrifying world-ocean, don't knock a hole in the bottom of my rowboat — send it back so someone else can use it.
28th-Sep-2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
One of my very best friends is on a transplant list for new kidneys.
Watching him suffer through this is one of the most painful things i have ever had to be witness too.

i applaud you for this.
29th-Sep-2006 12:16 pm (UTC)
You might want to check into the organ donation vs research issue. Here in Ontario, one precludes the other, ie. if your organs are harvested, the remainder will not be accepted for medical research.

Congratulations on your decision - I'm signed up for organ donation and medical research, and it's a relief knowing that my body will be put to good use *and* that my family won't be burdened with all the costs associated with a funeral.

Also, I'm going with the coral reef option for the last remains - cremated remains are mixed with a cement type material to make large dome-shaped sculpture that is placed on the sea bottom and becomes covered in coral.
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