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Communicate, Communicate, Communicate!
- Inform your family. Your family will be notified of your decision to donate at the time of your death and that your decision to donate is being honored. Inform them now so it will not be a surprise to them at a very difficult time. In the absence of a donor designation or if a person is under the age 18 and is not an emancipated youth, the family will make decisions regarding donation. It is also possible to document your consent for donation in a legal document such as an advance health care directive or living will. However, if your family is unaware of your advanced health care directive or living will, they may be unable to carry out your wish.
- Talk to your faith leader, friends, and physician about your desire to be a donor.