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Light in a Time of Darkness: How Eye and Tissue Donation Can Provide Hope to the Grieving

Date: 11:30am - 1:30pm PST January 9 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Eye and tissue donation impacts the lives of both the bereaved and the recipients of the gift. While breaking down donation processes and impacts, this presentation will also illustrate the hope that eye and tissue donation has been known to provide grieving families. Pulling from experiences and personal stories, presenters from Lions VisionGift and Community Tissue Services will magnify what “anatomical donation” truly means, and explain how it is woven into the bereavement process.

The presentation will offer an overview of the types of donations available (organ, eye, tissue) that will leave attendees with an understanding they can take into their work places and lives.

Following the training, participants will:

  • Have a general understanding as to what each type of donation entails
  • Understand the bridging of grief and healing through the selfless act of donation
  • Be equipped with resources for more information about donation, as well as registration

NW Association for Death Education & Bereavement Support is a nonprofit organization that exists to promote quality death education and bereavement support for professionals and the greater community.

Details & Registration

Date & Time: Thursday, January 9, 2019, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

Cost: $20. Lewis & Clark alumni receive 20% off.

Northwest Association for Death Education and Bereavement Support Members: Free
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Students and L&C Staff: Free 

Advance registration is preferred, however, walk-in registrations will be accepted. Payment can be made by credit card or check. View Parking Information

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    Please note: Student registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)

About the Presenters

Matt Webber is the Partner Relations Manager at Lions VisionGift (LVG) in Portland, Oregon. Since its inception, over 40,000 people have received the gift of sight from tissue procured and screened by Lions VisionGift, which works closely with transplant surgeons. Additionally, ocular tissues have been utilized for valuable research projects and surgical training. In his role, Matt works with LVG’s hospital partners, medical examiners, and funeral home directors across Oregon & SW Washington. In addition, Matt manages LVG’s Correspondence Program, connecting donor families and recipients with one another. Prior to LVG, Matt was the Community Engagement Manager at Donate Life NW for 4 years working with both donor families as well as organ, eye and tissue recipients.

Heidi Stewart has been working for Community Tissue Services for almost two years; with experience in advocacy and the medical world, Heidi thoroughly enjoys sharing the good news of research and innovation with the public. A degree in Organizational Communication and minor in Nonprofit Administration have allowed Heidi the platform she needs to catapult into the medical world as a professional advocate for all things life-saving and life-changing.


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