Legacy of Life News

Her Last Project, a film that chronicles a remarkable woman’s end-of-life journey, premieres on Friday, Sept. 13 as part of the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival’s documentary program. This extraordinary documentary follows Dr. Shelly Sarwal’s story of taking control of her destiny and leaving a lasting legacy. Diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy, an incurable disease, Dr. Shelly Sarwal chose to end her life through medical assistance in dying (MAiD) and to become an organ and tissue donor.
For Rhonda Porter, comforting a grieving family after learning their loved one will pass away is an important part of being a critical care organ donation coordinator. After families go through what is often one of the worst experiences of their lives, Porter and her fellow organ donation coordinators have the tough task of educating them about the organ donation process.
Denice Klavano sits in her office at the Halifax Infirmary. A stained glass ornament in the shape of a green ribbon, a symbol for organ and tissue donation, hangs from the cork board above her work station. Her son, Brad Howell, died tragically as a result of a fork lift and army motor vehicle collision in March 2006. He was18 years old and had just recently registered as a donor.
“As someone who sees the benefits of this every day, I just ask that people have the conversation with their families,” tissue specialist Cody Duncan said. “Have the discussion, know their wishes and consider if it’s right for you. This kind of giving is so selfless and inspiring. Your decision to do so will have a lasting impact for those receiving it and their families, now and for many years to come.”