Friday, July 1, 2011

To Remember Me - Donating Organs after Death

As you may already know my father is a lung transplant recipient and another transplant recipient gave him an article to read back in October of 2007.  I just came across it again and I wanted to share with you a poem that was in the article that was written by Robert Noel Test (1926-1994) entitled To Remember Me and it is about donating organs after death.

The day will come when my body will lie upon a white sheet neatly tucked under four corners of a mattress located in hospital busily occupied with the living and the dying.
At a certain moment a doctor will determine that my brain has ceased to function and that, for all intents and purposes, my life has stopped.

When that happens, do not attempt to instill artificial life into my body by the use of a machine. And don’t call this my deathbed. Let it be called the Bed of Life, and let my body be taken from it to help others lead fuller lives.

Give my sight to a man who has never seen a sunrise, a baby’s face or love in the eyes of a woman.

Give my heart to a person whose own heart has pain.

Give my blood to the teenager who was pulled from the wreckage of his car, so that he might live to see his grandchildren play.

Give my kidneys to one who depends on a machine to exist from week to week.
Take my bones, every muscle, every fiber and nerve in my body and find a way to make a crippled child walk.

Take my cells, if necessary, and let them grow so that , someday, a speechless boy will shout at the crack of a bat and a deaf girl will hear the sound of rain against her windows.

Burn what is left of me and scatter the ashes to the winds to help the flowers grow.

If you must bury something, let it be my faults, my weaknesses and all my prejudice against my fellow man.

Give my sins to the devil. Give my soul to God. If, by chance, you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you.

If you do all I have asked, I will live forever.

Celebrate Life,


  1. I really love this poem. I am creating a link on my blog and I hope it's okay (I'm assuming it is) to copy this poem in a post as well. I hope you are doing well. I am not online very much since I am on vacation, but had a minute to stop by and check out your blog.

    ~ Jamiebug

  2. Hi Jaime, Of course it is OK. I am doing well! Life is good. I went swimming and I jogged this week and it has been years that I have done either. Enjoy your vacation and keep in touch!