Celebration of Life

Each year, across the country, thousands of men, women and children receive a renewed opportunity for life and good health because someone made the decision to donate. We honor, celebrate and recognize donor families and their loved ones for their enormous faith, generosity and courage during our annual Celebration of Life ceremonies.

The Celebration of Life ceremonies are held each October. Currently, we hold three regional celebrations to accommodate our service area. Donor families from the previous year will receive an invitation to attend. 

Those who attend can look forward to sharing a few words about their loved one, presenting their quilt square if they created one, and viewing the donor tribute slideshow. 

What is a Celebration of Life ceremony?

Our Celebration of Life ceremony is an opportunity for you to honor your loved one who was an organ or tissue donor. There will be a reception with light refreshments and time to meet other donor families. We will hear some words from grateful recipients and Carolina Donor Services staff. There will also be an opportunity for you to share a few words about your loved one, present your quilt square if you created one, and view the donor tribute slideshow. 

Many donor families enjoy speaking about how their lives have been impacted by organ and tissue donation. Other families simply come and listen to others' stories. Contact us directly if you have questions about what to expect. 

Where are the Celebration of Life ceremonies held?
Winston Salem: Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 6pm at the WinMock at Kinderton
Greenville: Sunday, October 16, 2016  at 3pm at the Rock Springs Center
Raleigh: Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 6pm at the Brier Creek Country Club

The Celebration of Life ceremony planned for Sunday, October 16th in Greenville, NC has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 6th from 2-4:30pm because of flooding in the area. Please contact our Life Anew Program Coordinator through the website or by calling 1-800-200-2672 with any questions.

*The deadline for registering to attend a Celebration of Life ceremony has passed. Please call our office at 800.200.2672 and ask to speak with the Life Anew Program Coordinator if you are still interested in attending one of the ceremonies.

The Donor Tribute Slideshow

Each donor family is invited to send in a photo of their loved one to be included in the donor tribute slideshow. This is a special way to remember those who gave such a special gift to others. If you would like your loved one to appear in the slideshow, please submit their photo by September 1, 2016. Please make sure the photo is of high quality (any size from 3x5 inches to 8x10 inches) so it will be visible during the slideshow. 

*The deadline for submitting a photo for the donor tribute slideshow has passed.

Create Your Quilt Square

Each year donor families are invited to prepare a quilt square in honor of their loved one. Your quilt square, combined with those of other donor families, will be assembled to make a donor family quilt. These quilts are displayed at memorial services, special events and educational programs across North Carolina. 

Learn more about how to create your quilt square.