Please join MTN for a recap and lively discussion on the National Home Funeral Alliance biennial national conference, which was held this October in Minnesota. Some of the conference participants and presenters will report on our experiences, including the mock vigil room, the Saturday night art share, heart connections, and more. We’ll share patterns we noticed, things we’re excited about, and actions we’re inspired to take next.
Participants may include:
St. Mary’s has both single- and all-gender restrooms and an elevator. All Minnesota Threshold Network meetings are free and open to the public; we gratefully accept donations to help pay for meeting spaces. Please feel free to contact us with questions.
On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, sixteen people attended MTN’s annual book share gathering. The following is a list of the books, magazines, and movies shared by attendees, alphabetical by title, because that’s all my computer could handle. Maybe your next read is here!
A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death, BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger
Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them): A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying, Sallie Tisdale
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, Atul Gawande
Blue Nights and The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
Cry, Heart, But Never Break, Glenn Ringtved, illustrated by Charlotte Pardi
Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, Stephen Jenkinson
Gone From My Sight: The Dying Experience, Barbara Karnes, RN
Holding Space: On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go, Amy Wright Glenn
Reimagining Death: Stories and Practical Wisdom for Home Funerals and Green Burials, Lucinda Herring
Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss, Pat Schwiebert & Chuck DeKlyen, illustrated by Taylor Bills
The Cure for Sorrow: a Book of Blessings for Times of Grief, Jan Richardson
The Farewell (movie)
The Way to Love: The Last Meditations of Anthony de Mello, Anthony de Mello
The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief, Francis Weller
Tree: A Life Story, David Suzuki & Wayne Grady, illustrated by Robert Bateman
Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death, Caitlin Doughty
Tuesday June 18, 2019, 6:30-8:30 pm, MTN members Anne Archbold and Marilaurice Hemlock of Final Blessings will lead a mock natural burial “graveside” event. Dan Kantar, cemetery manager, will discuss Mound’s natural burial options.
Mound Cemetery, 3515 69th Ave N, Brooklyn Center, MN.
Please bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.
MTN meetings are free and open to all, but donations are gratefully accepted.
Tuesday, May 14, 7:00-9:00 pm. Spirit of St. Stephens, 2201 1st Ave S., Minneapolis (enter on 1st Av. S. to the Fireplace Room)
How do you create a vigil or a home funeral? Where do you find the art, poetry, music, and rituals that create meaning and comfort for you and your loved ones?
Learn how you can include your family and friends in the dying process and a home vigil with items you already have in your home. Feel free to bring songs to be sung, poetry to be read, shawls, statues, artwork, and/or pictures of a vigil space — if you have ever helped create one or have experienced one.
MTN meetings are free and open to all, but donations and love offerings are welcome.
If you were terminally ill, would you want the right to choose? The award-winning documentary film How to Die in Oregon follows 52-year-old Cody Curtis, grappling with end-stage of liver cancer, as she decides to utilize Oregon’s Death with Dignity law.
Join Dr. Rebecca Thoman and Rev. Harlan Limpert for a discussion following the film. Rebecca Thoman, M.D., is a manager of Compassion & Choices’ Doctors for Dignity initiative. Harlan Limpert, retired COO of the Unitarian Universalist Association, leads the Minnesota Interfaith Clergy for End-of-Life Options.
Tuesday April 9, 7 to 9:30pm at the home of Linda Bergh, 4315 Xerxes Ave. South, Minneapolis. Look for the Earth Flag flying.
On March 7, 2019, the End-of-Life Option Act, House File 2152, was introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives:30 by Rep. Mike Freiberg. The bill would authorize medical aid in dying in Minnesota.
Compassion & Choices envisions a society that affirms life and accepts the inevitability of death, embraces expanded options for compassionate dying, and empowers everyone to choose end-of-life care that reflects their values, priorities and beliefs.