Sharon S., Mother of Joshua, ORGAN DONOR HERO

Pillars of Essence Program

Expressing grief to someone who understands is important. Often those closest to us are also grieving and feel hesitant to share their pain because they want to protect us. As a result, grievers often walk this long journey alone. LAORA is committed to supporting you in numerous ways so you do not have to grieve alone. In addition to our counseling retreat or referral services, families can consider our Pillars of Essence Program.

A pillar is a person or thing regarded as reliably providing essential support; essence can be related to the spirit, heart, core or soul. The Pillars of Essence Program will pair donor family members through commonalities with a volunteer who is farther out from their loss. This person will provide emotional support and encouragement on the grief journey. They truly understand because they walked the path themselves.

Your Pillars of Essence donor family member will be available for you to share stories, ask questions and talk on hard days and anniversaries. They will share their wisdom, comfort and compassion based on their experience and training. Your journey is unique and this program is designed to meet you where you are when you need support the most.

To request a Pillar of Essence or if you are interested in becoming a member of the program please contact Donor Family Services at 1-800-232-2892 or laorainfo@med.miami.edu.