Professionals

Funeral Directors

At NJ Sharing Network, we work closely with funeral home directors to assure that the wish to make an organ and tissue donation can be fulfilled, while providing a meaningful funeral.

When the donor family has selected a funeral home prior to the recovery, the Funeral Home Liaison or a designee will reach out to the funeral home with the logistics of the recovery. The liaison is available to answer any questions the funeral professional or donor family may have.

Guide to Writing the Obituary

An obituary is the final statement about a person's accomplishments in life, and what greater accomplishment can there be than giving the Gift of Life?

Many donor families wish to acknowledge their loved one’s decision to be an organ and tissue donor and share it with the community in the obituary. As a funeral professional, you can provide great service by encouraging donor families to mention their loved one's organ and/or tissue donation in their obituary. This is a wonderful way for a family to honor and remember their loved one and helps to spread the good word on donation and transplantation. This increase in awareness can be instrumental in solving the critical shortage of organs and tissues for those waiting for a life-saving or life-enhancing transplant!.

Suggested phrases include:

  • (Donor’s Name) gave in death, as she gave in life. He/she was an organ and tissue donor.
  • (Donor’s Name) was an organ and tissue donor.
  • (Donor’s Name)'s final act was to give the gift of life though organ and tissue donation.
  • (Donor’s Name) gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.
  • (Donor’s Name)’s spirit will live on in the many lives she will touch through organ and tissue donation.

Memorial Contributions

A donor family may also wish to organize memorial contributions to the NJ Sharing Network Foundation in lieu of flowers. Checks may be made payable to: NJ Sharing Network Foundation, 691 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974. Credit cards are accepted using the online contribution form. Please indicate whom your contribution is in memory or in honor of. An acknowledgement of the gift will be sent to the donor family.

Suggested phrases for the memorial contributions:

  • In keeping with (Donor’s Name)’s loving and generous spirit, it was his/her decision to donate life so others may live. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in the name of (Donor’s Name) to the NJ Sharing Network Foundation, 691 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974.
  • (Donor’s Name) gave the gift of life through organ and/or tissue donation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in the name of (Donor’s Name) to NJ Sharing Network Foundation, 691 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974.
  • (Donor’s Name)’s final generous act was to give the gift of life through organ and/or tissue donation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in the name of (Donor’s Name) to the NJ Sharing Network Foundation, 691 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974.

Checks may be made payable to: NJ Sharing Network Foundation, 691 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974. Credit cards are accepted using the online contribution form. Please indicate whom your contribution is in memory or in honor of. An acknowledgement of the gift will be sent to the donor family.


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For more information, please contact Ashlee C. Davis, LFD, Funeral Home and Medical Examiner Liaison, at (908) 516-5634 or (551) 574-3104 and Wendy Rothschild, MPA, Funeral Home and Medical Examiner Liaison, at (800) 742-7365 or (908) 516-5400. To receive NJSN updates and news please join our mailing list.