FACULTY FOCUS: Lara Moretti

Lara Moretti, LSW, CT has been providing bereavement counseling and support for families of organ and tissue donors since 2003 at Gift of Life Donor Program. Currently the Manager of Family Support Services at GLDP, Lara has served as secretary and co-chair of the AOPO Donor Family Services Council.

Title: Faculty, Gift of Life Institute

Years in Healthcare Field: 15+

Professional Background: Lara Moretti has been providing bereavement counseling and support for families of organ and tissue donors since 2003 at Gift of Life Donor Program. Currently the Manager of Family Support Services at GLDP, Lara has served as secretary and co-chair of the AOPO Donor Family Services Council. She received her BS in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and her MS in Social Work from Columbia University in New York. Lara has presented at AOPO’s and NATCO’s national conferences and also at the national conference for the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the Society for Transplant Social Workers on donor family aftercare. In 2011, she co-authored an article about the unique grief of donor families in Progress in Transplantation.

Inspiration for Staying in Field: I find the strength and grace exhibited by our donor families to be an inspiration. And I feel privileged that these families share so much with me, a stranger, about their loved one and their unique grief experience.

Advice to New OPO Staff: Know your limits and how to turn off from work.  I started to limit my watching of the local news when I found myself seeing the stories and wondering if these would be families I would be talking to. When I am physically not at work, I try to make sure my mind is not there as well.

Tell Us Something We Don’t Know About You: On our last vacation, I was convinced by my two children to take them parasailing. I put on a brave face while we were up there but I think once is enough for me.


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