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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Columnists provide multi-disciplinary expertise to help you plan ahead.

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President’s Report

Dear Friends,


Last fall, Mary and I sat in the Chicago Cultural Center’s StoryCorps booth to interview each other about reasons driving our decision to do what we do. This afternoon, a segment of that interview will air on WBEZ 91.5 FM at 4:44 and 6:20. It will tell the story behind Life Matters Media and the vision that fuels our work.

That work wouldn’t be possible without supporters like you, so we thank you for all that you do. We hope you can tune in.

Next week, I’ll share another important announcement. Exciting things are happening all the time.

If you haven’t been to our website lately, here’s a look at what’s been online:

Nursing Homes Ranked As Worst Place For End Of Life Care

Illinois POLST Form Updates Signed Into Law

Study Examining For-Profit Hospices Divides Experts


Randi Belisomo
President and Co-Founder

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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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Life Matters Media is a 501(c)(3) organization. We are grateful for your support in our mission.



What’s New

ucm251737Fears Of Addiction Keep Cancer Patients From Getting Pain Relief By Randi Belisomo

Fears of opioid abuse and addiction might be keeping patients with advanced cancer from getting enough pain medicine, researchers say.

“At the end of life, we should feel comfortable providing whatever necessary to control pain,” said Joel Hyatt, assistant regional director at Kaiser Permanente. Concerns about overdose and addiction, he told Reuters Health, should not prevent terminally ill patients from obtaining relief.

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Featured News

StoryCorps Chicago: Talking About Death

Co-Founders Dr. Mary F. Mulcahy and Randi Belisomo talk about their decision to launch LMM.

Randi Belisomo Talks “Death Over Dinner” On WGN Radio


Co-Founder Randi Belisomo visited the Steve Cochran Show and spoke about caring for aging loved ones. 

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Preparing For The end: Talking Advance Care Planning On Relevant Radio


Randi Belisomo spoke about the importance of plannng for the end of life with Sheila Liaugminas, host of A Closer Look. 

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Randi Belisomo and Loyola Bioethics Institute's Mark Kuczewski Discuss Study Findings Regarding Medical Students' Concerns about Becoming Desensitized to Dying Patients

"End of Life Care in a Changing Health Care Environment: The Impact of the Affordable Care Act and Accountable Care Organizations" was presented to a live audience gathered at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management on November 13th.

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Life Matters Newswire

08/30/2014 - Fears Of Addiction Keep Cancer Patients From Getting Pain Relief

This piece was first published in Reuters Health. President Randi Belisomo is a contributor. Fears of opioid abuse and addiction might be keeping…

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08/28/2014 - Illinois POLST Form Updates Signed Into Law

The Illinois Legislature updated a medical order designed to travel with seriously ill patients across care settings and direct doctors to provide or…

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08/26/2014 - Nursing Homes Ranked As Worst Place For End Of Life Care

Patients and caregivers have ranked nursing homes to be the worst settings for end of life care, according to new findings from the…

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