Why Don’t People Want To Donate Their Organs?

The Atlantic published an article (link here) on Monday exploring the reasons people don’t donate their organs. I thought the author, Tiffanie Wen, did a very good job of scientifically looking at the reasons, but I found these reasons very frustrating. The reasons cited are:

  • mistrust
  • lack of understanding
  • belief in misinformation
  • concern for body integrity
  • not willing to discuss death

It’s most frustrating to see that people are concerned about their vanity after death and refuse to even discuss afterlife care.  There are a lot of emotions surrounding death and I can see why people don’t want to discuss such an emotionally difficult topic. My brain is wired a little differently, so it’s likely easier for me to see the scientific side of things and according to the article: “the research suggests that the more matter-of-fact attitude people have when talking about death and normalizing the issue of organ donation, the more likely they are to sign up as donors.”

I suggest that we all accept that it doesn’t matter what we look like in death and we should all make an effort to open up a little more and start discussing and addressing emotionally hard topics. It could save someone’s life.

One Reply to “Why Don’t People Want To Donate Their Organs?”

  1. I’m totally with you, man. I have pretty much already accepted that it doesn’t much matter what I look like in life anyway.

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