Is it Ethical to assist deceased donor families?
Yes, the idea of paying for the funerals of organ donors to help tackle the current shortage of organs is ethical. Or at least that is what a report by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics suggests .
The Council is an independent body that informs policy and public debate about the ethical questions raised by biological and medical research. Their report suggests that this would be an ethical way of encouraging more people to sign the Organ Donor Register. Under such a scheme, funeral expenses would be offered if someone who has signed the Organ Donor Register dies in circumstances where their organs can be donated to others.