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Free advance care planning community events offered in Faribault and Owatonna

FARIBAULT, Minn. 8/21/2018  The Honoring Choices Advance Care Planning program will host several upcoming, free community events this fall to help people join the conversation and make informed health care decisions for the future. 

A community film screening of the PBS/Frontline film Being Mortal features Dr. Atul Gawande as he explores what matters most to patients and families experiencing serious illness and how to have a conversation about end-of-life wishes. After the film, stay for a guided discussion to help you develop your own action plan to clarify and communicate your end-of-life wishes. This free film screening and discussion will be offered in Faribault on Oct. 4 from 6-8 p.m. at the Village Theater, 20 2nd Street in Faribault. It will also be offered in Owatonna on Oct. 11 from 6-8 p.m. at the Owatonna Arts Center, 540 West Hills Circle in Owatonna. Light refreshments will be served.

Do you have experiences, fears, stories, or thoughts to share about death? Faribault’s first Death Café will be offered on Nov. 1 from 6:30-8pm in the Depot Bar & Grill’s West Room, 311 Heritage Pl in Faribault. Join us for an informal discussion about death and dying with no agenda. This event will be hosted by Honoring Choices Advance Care Planning Program for Faribault & Owatonna and Critical Next Step. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 

To register, please contact Kerry Hjelmgren, Advance Care Planning Coordinator, at 507-497-3061 or Or, visit and search for “Being Mortal” or “Death Café” in Faribault, MN and “Being Mortal” in Owatonna, MN.

About Honoring Choices for Faribault and Owatonna

Honoring Choices Minnesota Advance Care Planning program for Faribault and Owatonna is funded by Faribault Area Hospice Foundation, Owatonna Hospital Foundation and Federated Insurance. Honoring Choices provides free education and support to individuals and families participating in advance care planning conversations and completing an advance directive. To learn more contact Kerry Hjelmgren at

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.

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