Indian Transplant Newsletter. Volume 22 Issue 3, October 2023 - December 2023
Print ISSN 0972 - 1568

Masterclass on Grief Counselling - 'The Healing Touch'

Sujatha Suriyamoorthi
Indian Transplant Newsletter. 2023 Oct-Dec; 22(3):p7
Print ISSN 0972 - 1568

It is paramount that the families of potential organ donors view organ donation as part of end-of-life care and they are provided with adequate information to make informed choices about organ donation. This masterclass aimed to help the learners to understand conversations with grieving families, to equip them with the necessary skill sets to offer the option of organ donation with sensitivity and empathy, and to address the unique challenges faced within the context of organ donation and transplantation.


Masterclass on Grief Counselling - 'The Healing Touch' was hosted by MOHAN Foundation on November 4 & 5, 2023 at Chennai. 12 participants from Chennai, Erode, Coimbatore and Mumbai attended the Masterclass, which was supported by the SBI Foundation and SBI Card.


The masterclass included the lectures on:

  • ● Breaking bad news
  • ● Approaching families for organ donation
  • ● Deceased organ donation process
  • ● Coordinating MLC cases
  • ● Difficult donations - Counselling challenges
  • ● Counselling living donors and caregivers
  • ● Deceased organ donation - Legal framework


The masterclass featured engaging activities, such as:

  • ● Role-plays - Simulated interactions which allowed participants to practice realistic and difficult conversations with grieving families
  • ● Deceased organ donation: Pathway - Emphasized the step-by-step process to ensure a seamless and successful organ donation
  • ● Team-building exercises - Activity fostering collaboration and effective communication among the team members
  • ● Coordinating medico-legal cases - An interactive quiz focussed on understanding medico-legal cases and coordinating such procedures
  • ● Frequently asked questions - Addressing these questions effectively ensures that the recipients, donors, and caregivers are well-informed and feel more comfortable with the decision-making process and the journey ahead

Team building exercise moderated by Mrs. Lalitha Raghuram (Country Director, MOHAN Foundation)

Participants engaged in an activity on organ donation pathway

Coordinating Medico Legal Cases (MLC) by Mr. A Johnson (Senior Manager - Transplant, Apollo Hospitals)

Dr. K Sudeep Kumar (Peadiatric intensivist, Kanchi Kamakoti CHILDS Trust Hospital), discussing breaking bad news

To cite : Suriyamoorthi S. Masterclass on Grief Counselling - 'The Healing Touch'. Indian Transplant Newsletter. 2023 Oct-Dec; 22(3):p7.
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