Walk of Respect

Walk of Respect


The employees at St. Luke’s Hospital in Idaho provide a special ceremony for every deceased patient who donates her/his organs. All employees report to the 4th floor. They silently line the hallways as the deceased patient and their families move toward the operating room. In this room, the patient will follow through on their desire to donate body parts to those in need. It might be a heart or a kidney that saves a life. It might be a retina that allows someone to see. It might be skin for a burn patient. To honor this donor and their struggling family members, employees line up in silence.

Joe’s Perspective:  If you don’t know, only 45% of Americans are registered organ donors. I am one of them. I just think if I am in a position to donate my organs, it means that I am not in a position to need them anymore. My organs can benefit those in dire situations. I know I would want you to do the same for me.

This is one of the most respectful rituals that I have ever seen. I love that health professionals recognize the importance of this organ donor. Very cool. Bravo to these employees. I bet that makes the family members feel as positive as possible, given the sad circumstances.

Your Turn: Will you consider designating yourself as an organ donor? Why or why not?

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  1. See this and THE trouble and motivation that you give from being this person is impressive because all the pain that hurts YOU after is worth seeing another person happy and Living like you would in your world is the best thing to see . also the respect that they give to the doner is worth the world being a person that is really motivated and passionate about being a doctor this honestly means the world to me .

  2. I will for sure be an organ donor in the future. If I have the opportunity to help someone in need while I am no longer alive, I would be more than happy to do that. I want to continue to be a helpful person as long as I can no matter my condition. I can give someone to do the thing that they’ve always dreamed of by giving them more time on earth.

  3. I would definite consider myself as an organ donor. I would do this because of the many lives that I could save. If my organs are just going to be thrown out and not be used, why not give them to people in need. I would choose not to be selfish and share my life to other lives. Some may argue that my organs can be donated to bad or wrongful people. But I can also argue that, I would still be saving lives, it does not matter who it is.