President’s Report + An Invitation
This week, we are happy to host our second Life Matters Media event of the year: “An Oenophile’s Guide to the End of Life” at one of the area’s best wine shops, The Wine Goddess. Not only will guests sip and discuss four wine selections with Proprietress Diana Hamann, attorney Ronette McCarthy will help us all learn about the very practical tasks we must take on as we begin to prepare and organize our own end of life wishes and those of our families. What is advance care planning? Do I need an attorney? What is my digital estate and what do I do about it? Where do I keep my funeral arrangements? These are the questions we’ll be answering, and two CEUs will be offered for social workers!
The good news continues, a generous Life Matters Media benefactor has covered the admission for a few interested in attending. We understand that $65 dollars can be steep, but neither Life Matters Media nor Elements, the cremation company is profiting from this event- and we want as many possible to be there! If you would like to register, do so by clicking on the link below. If you would like to take advantage of the free admission generously provided by one supporter, email me ASAP at email@example.com
Thursday, March 13th 2014
THE WINE GODDESS
702 Main Street
We look forward to seeing you there! I was happy to run into Ronette McCarthy and family this Friday while we were both working in Bridgeview. Here’s a photo of us, and we couldn’t help but think: don’t these people look like ones you would want to drink wine with? Yes! Sadly it will be past the bedtime of Mary Margaret, pictured on the left.
President and Co-Founder
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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"I have been working as a hospital chaplain in suburban Chicago for twenty years. During my chaplaincy, I have been present at 3,000 - 4,000 deaths. I cannot tell you how many of those deaths have been made 'difficult' by families and physicians not knowing the wishes of the patient. Here's hoping that efforts such as yours will help patients, families and doctors talk to each other."
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