Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

For Organ and Tissue Donation

This is an update to a prayer called “For Organ Donation” to add tissue donation. Here’s a link to the original prayer, which I wrote in memory of my wife Ami z”l whose death at a hospital in Maine led to her last act of service on this earth. The suggestion came from Paul Newman-Jacobs, staff chaplain, St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, Ind., where this prayer will be used as part of a Donate Life Month service. Thanks, Paul.

For Organ and Tissue Donation
G-d of health and healing,
We give thanks for the medical science
That allows us to remove organs and tissue from one person
And implant them into another,
Renewing life for the critically ill.
Bless all those who dedicate their lives to this sacred task.
Grant strength and fortitude to the scientists and researchers,
Surgeons, nurses and clinicians,
Administrators and other professionals
Whose efforts give life.
May the work of their hands never falter.
Shine Your light on those who,
Still living, give so freely of themselves.
Grant them health, prosperity and long life.
Remember those who have given of themselves in death.
May this final act of charity and love
Be a testimony to their lives.
Grant their families comfort, consolation and peace.

Blessed are You, G-d of miracles,
Who heals, blesses and sustains life.

© 2012 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

Postscript: See also: “In Memory of an Organ Donor,” which I recite in Ami’s memory, and “On Waiting for an Organ Transplant.” My other prayers for healing include: “For Surgery,” “Upon Recovery from Surgery,” “For Healing the Spirit” and “For a Critically Ill Child.”

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