Organ Donation

No greater love has a person than he lay down his life for a friend.

The Orthodox Church encourages Orthodox Christians to donate their organs.  The organ(s) donated gives life to a fellow human being and provides more time on earth for repentance.  Even in death, we can ease the pain of some and grant life to others. Again, it is important to note that organs be donated for therapeutic purposes to those requiring healing and not for otherwise experimental reasons.  Organ transplants should never be commercialized nor coerced nor take place without proper consent, nor place in jeopardy the identity of the donor or recipient, such as the use of animal organs.  Nor should the death of the donor be hastened in order to harvest organs for transplantation to another person.  In all cases, respect for the body of the donor should be maintained.