I’m doing this to support Donate Life Week 2012 [19 to 26 February ] FilmLife Blogger Challenge, encouraged by the FilmLife Project.
My favourite slogan has always been “Don’t send your organs to Heaven because we need them far more down here!”
Previously I have recorded on my drivers license and registered online that I am willing to donate any body parts that might help others towards health, when I die. At 60, I could realistically die any time, although I am likely to live quite a bit longer, given my genes and if I am happy [rather than depressed]. If I get to 95 as my father did, there may not be much of me left worth sharing! However, if I’m struck down by a car or sudden fatal illness, most of my organs should be good for someone or something.
Obviously I’m not a young person, but hopefully some young people will read some of the blogs in the project and sort out their organ donation intentions while they are young and can talk with their families and loved ones. My partner and I have discussed this and we both agree that organ donation should be our fates after death. We have no qualms about having life-preservation machinery turned off if we have a dire prognosis and we have no close relatives who believe in burying intact bodies after we die.
I am constantly amazed by others who have strange Christian beliefs concerning the intactness of their bodies for admission to their “Heaven”. I thought Christians believed their SOULS went to “Heaven”, not some physical representation of their earthbound body and I fail to see how a soul could have mass or occupy space! It must also be difficult for other faiths, such as Judaism and Islam, to donate organs, since they believe the intact body must be committed to the ground as quickly as possible. I have no idea what Hindus and Sikhs believe about organ donation since they traditionally burn corpses in funeral pyres. Does anyone know if they are allowed to burn a body without its internal organs?
Since Buddhists don’t believe an intact body is necessary for the soul to pass to its next life in the journey to Nirvana, I assume they are fine with donating body parts, as would be the Tibetans who use Sky Burial. There is no point in believing in only giving intact bodies to the vultures as they’re going to tear everything apart in order to eat it!
I don’t have any belief in the after-life, any sort of “Heaven” or “Hell”, nor even a belief that I have a soul, so none of these rituals surrounding my death bother me. My preference would be to have compost made from any left over physical body after my death, while my “self” would merely cease to exist, except in the memories of my friends. Frightening, but that’s the deal, I believe!
Answering the FilmLife questions:
1. What’s your take on or experience with organ donation, and why did you choose to take part in the FilmLife Blogger Challenge?
I chose to take part in the Challenge in the hope that some readers might discuss their own beliefs and decide that organ donation would be a good thing. Even if people decide they could not donate in the present, maybe the seeds of an idea will be planted, for later germination.
Incidentally, I think he deserved his chance with a transplant as he had been an alcoholic due to mental health problems [as with most people addicted to anything]; he had given up drink and cleaned up his life and body in readiness for the rare gift of a suitable organ.