Brain death is a reality that is difficult to accept for families but also, sometimes for the members of the medical and nursing team owing to blood circulation and organ function being maintained artificially by life-support.

For the family, it is very difficult to accept the sudden loss of a loved one. A feeling of outrage is often felt... outrage with the doctor who was unable to save the patient... outrage with everything and everyone!

It is at this point that the tearful family will be approached by the team.

After procurement, donors' families often see this act as something useful and generous or as an prolongation of their loved one.

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