Many are unsure about their religion’s stance on organ, eye and tissue donation. While specific beliefs differ, all major religions in the United States support or encourage donation as a person's final act of love and charity in the world.
Nevada Donor Network honors different religious and cultural views on donation. We understand there are differences of personal opinion even within particular religious groups. Each person's decision to donate is personal and we are proud to honor their choice. Together, we help save and heal lives by offering resources to serve our faith communities.
To read more on a specific religion's view on donation, please use the links below.
Catholics view organ, eye and tissue donation as an act of charity and love. Transplants are morally and ethically acceptable to the Vatican.
There is definite evidence for Christian support of organ, eye and tissue donation. They can choose to donate to save the lives of many people. The decision to donate at the end of life is the beginning of healing for many others according to Christianity.
There is no prohibition in the Bahá’í Faith regarding organ, eye and tissue donation. It is a matter left to the individual conscience.
Buddhists believe that organ, eye and tissue donation is a matter of individual conscience, and they place high value on acts of compassion. Central to Buddhism is a wish to relieve suffering and there may be circumstances where donation may be seen as an act of generosity. Each decision will depend on individual circumstances.
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
"United Church of Christ people, churches and agencies are extremely and overwhelmingly supportive of organ sharing,” writes the Rev. Jay Lintner, director, Washington Office of the United Church of Christ Office for Church in Society. Similarly, any organized effort to get the General Synod delegates or individual churches to sign organ, eye and tissue donation cards would meet with generally positive responses.
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The United Methodists, as with several religions, believe that organ, eye and tissue donation is an act of charity and that preserving life takes precedence over any beliefs that govern the treatment of those who have passed away.