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April 19, 2024

Beloved in Christ,

In last week’s message I encouraged you to make an Advanced Directive, or living will.  I didn’t want to make that message too long, so I left out a couple of other items that I think are important for you to consider as well, and both are about donation.

The first is donating blood. Did you know St. Peter’s hosts about six blood drives a year? We have been partnering with the American Red Cross for many years and I am so thankful our facilities are used to help the community in this vital way.

There continues to be a shortage of blood in the United States. This is a simple way to love our neighbors as ourselves. I know not everyone is eligible for it, but you can also promote it to other family members or friends who are able to donate.  If you are interested in participating, please follow this link to sign up for the next blood drive on Friday, May 24th.

https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=stpetersmedford.

You may also want to consider organ or body donation.  This is an important conversation to have with your family so that everyone is aware of each other’s thoughts and wishes.  These conversations can be difficult to begin, but are very important, especially in unexpected situations.

Perhaps we can think of it as disaster preparedness.  We make plans to deal with "worst case scenarios," usually around weather events.  We should also consider what might happen to us if a tragedy occurs, such as a car accident.  It is not something we want to consider, which I completely understand.  But in such a shocking moment, it would be comforting to know if your loved one wanted to offer organs or their entire body to help someone else. It is a final act of love we can offer our neighbor.

In the State of New Jersey, you can designate yourself as an organ donor. However, your family must still sign any paperwork associated with such a donation, which is why it is important they know your wishes as well.  And this is why it is important to have such a conversation with all members of the family, including those young and in good health.

I do pray none of us are faced with such a horrible situation, but it would be naïve to ignore the possibility as well.  We should never live in fear, nor should we believe that talking about such circumstances will bring them about.  I hope I will never have to use my crank flashlight and radio I have stowed away in case I lose power, but I have them just in case.

As always, I am here as a resource to talk with you or with your family, if you would like, about your wishes.  I offer all this information as something to consider, not to guilt you into doing something you do not want to. You have agency over your body and you should decide how it is to be treated in life and in death.

In Easter joy,

Rev. Valerie+

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