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Lifesharing is one of 58 regional non-profits dedicated to the life-saving and life-enhancing benefits of organ and tissue donation. Lifesharing provides organ recovery, donor family support, and educational services for the diverse population of approximately 3 million people in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Organ and tissue procurement services supply 28 donor hospitals and four local transplant centers with transplantable organs for the ever-growing waiting list of nearly 2,200 San Diego patients and more than 123,000 patients nationwide.

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Grief Downloadable Resources

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Checklist of Things to be Done

Many people have suggested that it would be useful to have a checklist to help them determine what they might be faced with during the first several weeks following the death of a loved one. We hope these suggestions will be helpful to you.

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Effective Communication With a Child or Teenager

Feelings You May Be Having

During this difficult and trying time, it is normal to experience a range of emotional and physical problems.

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Understanding Organ Donation

No one can really understand the pain and sense of loss you are suffering right now. Although all the people around you wish they could help, there is nothing any of them can do to make your pain go away. It is very important for you to know that you have the power to help yourself. And, in doing so, you can help your loved one leave a legacy of life. Donation is truly an act of selfless giving. Your choice to donate has given hope and help to others in need.

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After the Loss of a Loved One

The death of a family member is so very difficult. We hope the following information will help you through the first few hours and days.

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Funeral Planning Guide

The following information is provided for the sole purpose of assisting you with funeral planning and is intended for use only as a planning guide. It does not, in any way preclude or diminish the invaluable services that a licensed funeral professional may offer you and your family. Your personally selected funeral director will carefully guide you through the entire funeral process and may offer other options, than those listed below, to better suit your own personal and individual needs.

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Talking to Kids About Death

Death is a difficult topic for adults to discuss. Talking to kids about death and dying requires even a greater sensitivity. By addressing the concept with honesty, children are better able to understand the changes the adults in their lives are experiencing.

Kids need to talk about their feelings after death of someone close. One of the greatest gifts we can give to children is to honor their grief and teach them ways to communicate their feelings. The following may be helpful in providing some guidelines.

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