There is something important I really want you to know. I am not sure what you will think about it. Yet I think it is so very important that we talk a minute.
Technology and a breathing machine can keep your heart beating for an extra day or so when you, or your family, say that it is okay. That extra day or two on a breathing machine is powerful time. Life saving time. It gives births, weddings, fishing trips, proms, parents, grandparents, children, and bowls of strawberry shortcake with whipped cream back to others. You know, life things. Precious life things.
Your local transplant experts will be contacted by the medical team. We will arrive at the hospital, no matter the hour or the weather. We will leave our children on their Birthdays.
We will arrive and we will wait and try to determine the best time to ask your family. Most of us will have a certain sense of nervousness. We do not know what your family will say. We are the only ones that represent the unknown families that are counting on us to save the lives of the ones they love.
Melissa Regan is a Storyteller who is honored to celebrate the life you live and the people you love. She partners with individuals at significant times of life and loss, supporting them by creating and presenting their loved ones story at a service or by planning an inspirational day of rememberance and reflection.
Melissa spent time as a critical care nurse before she became specialized in the field of organ donation. Melissa was well known for the care she gave grieving families and did this delicate work for 14 years. Her experience lead to her teaching heartfelt methods of communication to donation specialists around the world.
Inspired by everything these families taught her, she expanded her perspective on life by studying Positive Psychology, earning both a CiPP and a CAPP. She received training as an end of life doula through INELDA. She has a special grace all her own when it comes to supporting us at times of change and loss.
Melissa is a wife, mother, lifelong learner, and a lover of the wonder you can find in a single moment. She brings this wonder to her public speaking, connecting us to the grandness and depth always present in the day to day.
“Take a day to be thoughtful... the rest of your life is here.”