JOHNSTON, IOWA (August 20, 2020) Join Iowa PBS and EveryStep Care and Support Services virtually on Tuesday, September 8, at 7PM, for a Pop-Up Film Series event featuring the documentary Speaking Grief. This film explores the transformative experience of losing a family member in a society that works to avoid both death and grief. Moving away from the idea that grief is a problem that needs to be "fixed," the documentary validates the experience of grievers and guides those wishing to support them. There is no "right" way to grieve. By sharing diverse representations of bereavement, Speaking Grief illustrates that grief is a universal, yet individual experience.

Following the hour-long film, a panel of local grief experts, including Buffy Peters from Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss; Ashley Mori from EveryStep Care and Support Services, home of Amanda the Panda; and Lucy Suvalsky from the Compassionate Friends of Iowa will answer questions and provide meaningful resources. The virtual event will also include an optional remembrance ceremony. For more information and to register for this free virtual event, please visit

Speaking Grief broadcasts on Iowa PBS WORLD .3 on Monday, September 14, at 7PM.

About EveryStep:

EveryStep is a non-profit health-care and human-services organization which annually serves more than 67,000 Iowans. During life's most challenging moments, EveryStep's family of community-based health-care and support services offer compassion and guidance. Serving Iowa from 14 locations, EveryStep's more than 32 programs offer support to those living with grief or loss; care to those who are injured, ill, or facing the end of life; education to new parents; and resources, health-care, and connection for growing families, immigrants, and refugees. For more information on any of these services, including EveryStep Grief and Loss Services and the Amanda the Panda program, visit

Iowa PBS is formerly known as Iowa Public Television. New name. Same essential mission.

As Iowa's only statewide television network, Iowa PBS's mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans guides its quality, non-commercial programming that tells Iowa's stories like no one else can. Four statewide, public channels offer programs of lasting value to Iowans, regardless of where they live or what they can afford: Iowa PBS .1, Iowa PBS KIDS .2, Iowa PBS WORLD .3 and Iowa PBS Create .4 on Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; and Channel 36, Red Oak. More information can be found at

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