About What Matters Now

What Matters Now provides free personal websites for people whose lives have been affected by serious illness or injury. Our intention is to help people be surrounded by the love and support of family and friends, and have space for reflection when facing a life-changing situation. What Matters Now is offered by The Samvara Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The Inspiration for What Matters Now

Before creating What Matters Now, we created a similar service called Hospice Journey, designed to support people in the last months of their lives. Hospice Journey provides free websites as a practical, convenient way to coordinate communication and help, and a place to reflect on one's life and share what's most important with loved ones.

While we were creating Hospice Journey, one of our team members was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis, a severe condition affecting her vertebrae and nerves that caused acute pain and immobility. The treatment for her condition required major surgery, several weeks in the hospital, round-the-clock care from friends and family, and many months of painful recovery. Needless to say, the experience changed her life and ours dramatically.

We have used the lessons that she and her family and friends learned during that process to create What Matters Now to support anyone facing a serious illness or injury. Our goal for each personal website is to make the challenge of facing serious illness a little easier by simplifying communication and helping to coordinate support. Facing a serious illness can also inspire reflecting on one's life and offer new perspectives. The websites provide questions to help people make the most of this opportunity for reflection and growth.

We hope you find it helpful.

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