Fostering Better Communication

By providing a platform for the sharing of information, resources, communication and experiences of those living their final days fully, the vision of Life Matters Media is to create a community for ones facing the end of life and for those that care for them. Ultimately, we seek to foster a greater understanding of the capacity that end of life decisions have to nurture the human spirit.


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Your Guide To The Digital Afterlife

SOCIALPIXABAYProtecting your online property and ensuring loved ones can access the digital data and passwords they need is a vital step in comprehensive end of life planning. Here, you'll find resources to make this process a little easier.

WBEZ's Director of Digital Content, Tim Akimoff, and attorney Ronette McCarthy advised during Life Matters Media's "Your Digital Afterlife" program at Revolution Brewing that we all can take the following steps now to secure our online lives:

Thomas Owen, a WGN Web producer, summed up the challenges we face and some solutions in these stories:

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Marcus Leshock, WGN Features Reporter, talked to an author of a digital afterlife guide:

Randi Belisomo and Andrea Darlas discussed this new challenge on WGN Radio:

Daniel Gaitan weighed in on the complexities during a Rivet Radio interview:

Sue Ontiveros of the Chicago Sun-Times is thinking about planning, too:

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Life Matters Media’s Mission

Life Matters Media aims to be the premiere provider of information, resources and support for all involved in end of life decision-making. Through fostering better communication, we will empower the ill, aged, caregivers, surrogates and medical providers to navigate this life phase with confidence and dignity.

Life Matters Media’s Values

  • All individuals should have the ability to participate in decisions that affect their destinies.
  • Multiple and varied voices create a richer and more productive marketplace for the exchange of information.
  • A broad range of choices surrounding end of life issues exists. These choices should be considered carefully.
  • Neutral platforms are best to explore this journey and bring end of life issues to the forefront in a reflective forum.

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DRANEActivist Finds Inspiration In Death By Daniel Gaitan

Alexandra Drane regrets never asking her sister-in-law about her end of life care wishes. At 32, Rosaria “Za” Vandenberg, a devoted wife and mother, was unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer and began a journey of painful treatments and hospitalizations.

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GELBWriting Coach Hopes Boomers Share Their Life Stories By Daniel Gaitan

Author Alan Gelb wants to help millions of baby boomers plan for their futures and share their stories.

Gelb spent much of his career helping thousands of high school students write their college admission essays and prepare for their academic futures with bestselling Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps. Now, the 65-year-old wants to help millions of his peers gather their thoughts and draft their “last says.”

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Clinicians_in_Intensive_Care_UnitFulfilling ‘Three Wishes’ Helps ICU Staff Honor Dying Patients By Randi Belisomo

Doctors and nurses in a Canadian intensive care unit found that asking dying patients – or their families – to make three simple wishes, and then fulfilling those wishes, helped bring peace to the end-of-life process and ease grief.

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Featured News

Co-Founder Randi Belisomo spoke with northern California's KQED about the growth of online end of life planning services.


“Starting the Conversation with Rick Kogan” was presented to a live audience gathered at Chicago’s Harold Washington Library on March 31.

“What We Hold Central: An Interfaith Discussion of Religious and Moral Perspectives at the End of Life” was presented to a live audience gathered at Northwestern University on March 19.

StoryCorps Chicago: Talking About Death
Randi Belisomo and Loyola Bioethics Institute's Mark Kuczewski Discuss Study Findings Regarding Medical Students' Concerns about Becoming Desensitized to Dying Patients

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07/27/2015 - Activist Finds Inspiration In Death

Alexandra Drane regrets never asking her sister-in-law about her end of life care wishes. At 32, Rosaria “Za” Vandenberg, a devoted wife and mother, was unexpectedly diagnosed…

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07/25/2015 - Writing Coach Hopes Boomers Share Their Life Stories

Author Alan Gelb wants to help millions of baby boomers plan for their futures and share their stories. Gelb spent much of his…

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07/16/2015 - Fulfilling ‘Three Wishes’ Helps ICU Staff Honor Dying Patients

This piece was first published in Reuters Health. President Randi Belisomo is a contributor. Doctors and nurses in a Canadian intensive care unit…

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