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Religious Perspectives on Organ Donation

Gillman, John PhD

Critical Care Nursing Quarterly: November 1999 - Volume 22 - Issue 3 - p 19–29
Ethical Issues

A donor's or family's religious beliefs are to be ascertained in discussions about organ donation. The positions of the major faith groups about donation are reviewed, leading to the conclusion that the large majority of faiths take a positive stance toward donation. Other factors such as the emotional response, the cultural values, and the spiritual issues may be even more compelling for family members than religious beliefs. Conflicts between one's personal beliefs and the position of one's faith group about donation are to be assessed and processed.

Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education, Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, California (Gillman)

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