Life Matters Media
Quality of life at the end of life

What would your answer be?

Dear Friends,

Think fast: what is one thing that you’re grateful for that’s related to your health?

We hope that no matter your age or stage of health, you have (at least) one answer to that question. Even if you’re currently in a difficult life phase, we are here to help you live well no matter the circumstances.

During a program this month at St. Felicitas Church, Sister Kathleen Smith opened the discussion by asking attendees this very question. Here are some of their responses:

– a daily multivitamin for people 50 and older
– regular doctor visits
– the ability to see, feel, touch and love
– a son-in-law who calls to check in

That last answer was from Linda Lovelace, who is using this Thanksgiving holiday to Start the Conversation with her daughter and son-in-law who are visiting from Texas, along with her son. Here’s what she told me:

“I’ve learned so much from these programs, and I’m ready to talk to my daughter, Lorenda, and my son-in-law…who is so attentive to me. I’m sitting them down. The only problem I have is with my son, who is here in Chicago with me. He doesn’t want to listen, but he will. That’s because Mamma rules!”

We know our families don’t always make it easy. But remember: by Starting the Conversation, you are making it easier for them. The right time is maybe after the turkey is served!

We need your support this fall to continue the impactful work we do throughout our community. Please help us meet our goal of raising $30,000 by November 28th; that’s Giving Tuesday, a national movement to remember the work of nonprofits after a retail binge spanning from Black Friday to Cyber Monday.

A very generous friend of our shared mission has volunteered to match your gift this fall on a dollar-for-dollar basis… up to $30,000!

With your help, his $30,000 can become $60,000!

You responded overwhelmingly last year by matching a $9,500 Retirement Research Foundation gift. We know this ask is more than 3x the size of last year’s challenge. We hope you see it as 6x the opportunity and feel great about your impact.

We are more than halfway there, but need your help to reach that goal. We’re a small organization that changes lives, and leaving that life-changing money on the table would be tragic!

We need you to give today

We have something else to tell you!

Our friends at the Retirement Research Foundation have volunteered to match your #GivingTuesday gift on a dollar-for-dollar basis…up to $5,000!
The Retirement Research Foundation has been a vital supporter of our work to help others consider, communicate and document their end of life care preferences. Will you help?

There are other ways you can support us this fall, too!

When you shop at Amazon this holiday season, consider using AmazonSmile to support us and help others take control over their future care!

Shop for everyone on your gift list by using the AmazonSmile portal to access all of the usual products at Amazon.

Here’s the link — It’s fast, free and easy!

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is operated by Amazon and lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference: when customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price to us!

Employer Matching Gifts

Many corporations offer matching gifts to increase your contribution. See if your company offers a matching gift here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Randi Belisomo
President and Co-Founder