A study published in the February 2008 issue of Clinical Transplantation examines the effect of the organ donation process on families dealing with grief. Using the British Columbia Transplant Society (BCTS) database, the authors mailed test packages to families of deceased organ donors. Each package contained three standardized, validated questionnaires (including scales of depression, post-traumatic stress, and bereavement). Seventy-three completed packages were received (an overall response rate of 46%) and the responses were analyzed. The results of the study showed that grief varied in terms of age of the deceased and length of time since donation. Donor families reporting negative aspects about the donation process were also more likely to experience post-traumatic stress. Based on their findings, the authors concluded that organ donation can have a beneficial effect on the grief process providing that donor families receive proper counseling and support before and after donation.