Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

For Donor Families

This is a healing prayer for families of organ donors, my fifth about the gift of life. It comes directly out of our family experience. The other prayers are: “For Organ Donation,” which asks for blessings on all who make transplantation possible; “For Organ and Tissue Donation” is an adaptation of that prayer; “In Memory of An Organ Donor” honors the memory of organ donors; and “On Waiting for an Organ Transplant” is for those, suffering and perhaps near the end of life, who wait and wonder.

For Donor Families
Ancient One,
G-d of healing,
Bless the family of ____________ (name of the donor in Hebrew or your native tongue),
Of righteous memory,
Who was taken from their midst.
In the time of their deepest heartbreak
They had the strength and courage,
Generosity and kindness,
To choose life by donating her / his organs
For the benefit of others.
Bring wholeness and healing to their family.
May their strength resound through the generations.
May their love never cease.
Let their gift serve as a call to others
To follow this righteous path.

Grant Your blessings upon
All who are touched by transplant,
Donors, recipients and families,
Doctors and nurses,
Clinicians and administrators,
The vast network of professionals and volunteers
Who dedicate themselves to healing.

G-d of compassion,
May this gift of life
Become a source of consolation and comfort,
Holiness and grace.

© 2012 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

Postscript: My other prayers for healing include: “For Surgery,” “Upon Recovery from Surgery,” “For Healing the Spirit,” “For a Critically-Ill Mother,” “For a Critically-Ill Father,” “For a Critically Ill Child” and “R’fuat HaNefesh: Healing the Soul.”

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