The death of my wife Ami z”l at a hospital in Maine led to her last act of service on this earth: becoming an organ donor. This prayer gives thanks for organ donation. I’ve also written a prayer “In Memory of an Organ Donor,” which I recite in her memory. And here’s a prayer to be said “On Waiting for An Organ Transplant.” To listen while you read, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows. This prayer appears in my new book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing.
For Organ Donation
G-d of health and healing,
We give thanks for the medical science
That allows us to remove organs from one person
And implant them into another,
Renewing life for the critically ill.
Bless all those who dedicate their lives to this sacred task.
Grant strength and fortitude to the scientists and researchers,
Surgeons, nurses and clinicians,
Administrators and other professionals
Whose efforts give life.
May the work of their hands never falter.
Shine Your light on those who,
Still living, give so freely of themselves.
Grant them health, prosperity and long life.
Remember those who have given of themselves in death,
Providing vital organs to those on the edge of life.
May this final act of charity and love
Be a testimony to their lives.
Grant their families comfort, consolation and peace.
Blessed are You, G-d of miracles,
Who heals, blesses and sustains life.
© 2011 Alden Solovy and www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.
Postscript: Here’s an update to this prayer called: “For Organ and Tissue Donation.” My other prayers for healing include: “For Surgery,” “Upon Recovery from Surgery,” “For Healing the Spirit” and “For a Critically Ill Child.” Please consider purchasing my new book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing.
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