Meetings in 50 Iowa communities are set to coincide with the P-B-S broadcast of “On Our Own Terms” — a series about dying. Tanya Uden-Holman is with the Iowa Partnership for Quality Care and Dying with Dignity, an organizer of tonight’s meetings. She says there are several activities across the state, including public viewings of the series and discussions.The Public Television series began last night and continues through Wednesday. Uden-Holman acknowledges death is a topic few want to openly discuss.Uden-Holman says people need to talk with their loved ones about things like “advanced directives” which cover what kind of medical intervention people want — or don’t want — in their final days and hours. Meetings and “viewing parties” are planned in Greenfield, Centerville, Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Newell, Storm Lake, Carroll, Clear Lake, Mason City, Cherokee, New Hampton, Spencer, Clinton, Denison, Ida Grove, Lamoni, Burlington, Spirit Lake, Dubuque, Fayette, Hampton, Jefferson, Iowa Falls, Mount Pleasant, Cresco, Bellevue, Maquoketa, Newton, Fairfield, Iowa City, Algona, Keokuk, Cedar Rapids, Oskaloosa, Knoxville, Pella, Osage, Muscatine, Emmetsburg, Des Moines, Ankeny, Council Bluffs, Grinnell, Davenport, Harlan, Sioux City, Sioux Center, Ames, Nevada, Creston, Ottumwa, Washington, Fort Dodge, Decorah and Belmond. To find out more, call 877-428-0637.
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