Mount Sinai has a dedicated specialist from the New York Organ Donor Network for families of potential organ donors. Our family service coordinator is specially trained in counseling families during this difficult time and is available at any time to answer questions and provide support.
The coordinator works with families from the consent process through the organ harvest and beyond. Please contact 646-291-4444 for assistance or visit www.donatelifeny.org.
Yessie Marinez-Escano is the Mount Sinai family services counselor for the New York Organ Donor Network.
There are many support groups available to provide additional assistance:
The Compassionate Friends
The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.
MISS is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization committed to providing emergency support to families in crisis after the death of their baby or young child from any cause. MISS helps families cope with the resultant feelings of overwhelming grief and loss.
Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc.
POMC provides support and assistance to all survivors of homicide victims while working to create a world free of murder.
Various Web Sites about Grief can be found on the National Funeral Directors Association's Web site:
National Donor Family Council
The National Kidney Foundation founded the National Donor Family Council (NDFC) in 1992 as a home for donor families. With over 10,000 donor family and professional members, the Council is the largest organized group of donor families in the world, representing donors of all organs and tissues (not just kidneys).
Connects families and friends with serious medical issues.