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

Thanks to everyone for making "Your Digital Afterlife" a success! We had a wonderful audience of all ages and stages of life.

Death is a hard topic to chew over, but with a glass of beer and a plate of wings, the conversation comes easier, writes WGN reporter Thomas Owen in his glowing review.

Life Matters Media in collaboration with WBEZ hosted “Your Digital Afterlife” Tuesday at Revolution Brewing during Chicago Craft Beer Week.

“Normalizing conversations about death was a major theme among both hosts and attendees Tuesday night. After their tour, and their mingling, the event began, and with it came an outpouring of information,” he writes.

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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.



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It has been a year since waiting lists at VA hospitals made international headlines, as our American veterans struggled to access timely health care. In the months since, The Associated Press has found that the number of medical appointments delayed 30 to 90 days has largely stayed flat. Appointments taking longer than 90 days to complete have nearly doubled in number, and patients typically get sicker during the wait.

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Video_CameraIllinois Measure Would Allow Cameras To Be Installed In Nursing Home Rooms By Daniel Gaitan

Illinois could soon allow nursing home residents and their families to install video cameras and audio recorders in their rooms to help protect against abuse and neglect.

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Episode 101Raging Against The Dying Of The Light By Craig Klugman 

When do we die?

The legal and medical answer is when we experience loss of all brain function, or when cardiopulmonary activity stops. The biological answer, however, is when we lose our ability for integrated function— enough parts have ceased to function so that we cannot be put back together. The moment we call “death” is quite arbitrary.

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Featured News

“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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Life Matters Newswire

05/21/2015 - Illinois Measure Would Allow Cameras To Be Installed In Nursing Home Rooms

Illinois could soon allow nursing home residents and their families to install video cameras and audio recorders in their rooms to help protect against abuse and neglect. Backed by Attorney General…

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05/17/2015 - Planning For Your Digital Death: A Vital Part Of Modern Life

What would happen to your family photos stored on Facebook or your important legal documents stored in the digital cloud if you died…

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05/09/2015 - Palliative Medicine Helps Patients Live And Die Better, Advocates Say

End of life care advocates decried the dearth of palliative medicine for terminally ill patients at a conference hosted by one of the…

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