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How do you think a leader of a particular faith group would reply to these questions? Choose a question from the three below and select a religion to represent. Then write a letter in answer to the question in the box below. Check the Fact file below and the RE PowerPoint if you need more information.

Choose a question:

Activity SheetQ1. "I am about to go into hospital for an operation and will need a blood transfusion. Is it OK for me to accept this?"

Activity SheetQ2. "I’m thinking about carrying an organ donor card, but is it all right for me to agree to all my organs being donated after my death?"

Activity SheetQ3. "My friend needs a bone marrow transplant. Is it all right for me to see if I am a suitable donor?"

Choose a religion:

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Select one of the following groups:

  • Buddhists wish to relieve suffering.
  • Treat the body with respect at all times.
  • The body should only be disturbed for an appropriate reason.
  • Some Buddhists believe that consciousness stays within the body for some time after breathing has stopped.
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  • Christians are encouraged to help others in need.
  • Many believe that donation is a genuine Christian act of love and a way of following Jesus' example.
  • The decision to donate at the end of life could begin healing for someone else's life.
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  • No religious law prevents Hindus from donating their organs or tissue.
  • References in Hindu scriptures support the concept of organ donation.
  • Hindus believe in life after death and this is an ongoing process of rebirth.
  • Hindus believe in cremation.
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  • Humanists have no religious beliefs.
  • Humanists don't believe in life after death.
  • Many Humanists think they have a moral duty to donate their organs after death if they can help someone else.
  • This will be seen as an individual decision.
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  • The Muslim Law Council of Great Britain supports organ donation and transplantation as a means of relieving pain or saving life.
  • Some Muslim scholars, however, believe that organ donation is not permissible.
  • A body should be buried as soon as possible after death.
  • Muslims believe that death is the end of one life and the start of another.
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  • Judaism allows organ donation only if it will save lives.
  • Normally there are strong objections to interfering with the body after death which should be buried intact and as soon as possible.
  • No organ may be removed from a donor until death, as defined in Jewish law, has definitely taken place.
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  • Sikhs have no objections to the donation and transplantation of organs.
  • Sikhs believe that saving life is one of the greatest things that anyone can do.
  • The body is not needed for life after death; it is the soul which is eternal.
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