Family-directed after-death care offers us the chance to create personalized and deeply meaningful observances for our loved ones who have died. But the idea of creating those observances from the ground up can feel daunting. Through the creation of poetry, music, and visual art, we will explore options for including art in our vigils and funerals and expand our ceremony-creation tool kit.
May 10, 2016, 7pm, at the home Marianne and Dennis Dietzel, 2954 Hamline Ave., Roseville, MN, 651-633-0432
. One mile north Hwy. 36. It’s the house on the right with the orange flag on the mailbox.
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Passing Through Our Hands: a home funeral care guide video
We will have a movie night on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 7 pm, at the home of Kathy Huset, 1811 West Minnehaha Ave., St. Paul (enter through front door, go up two flights of stairs); 651-645-8313. We will be screening Passing Through Our Hands: Home Funeral Care Guide, a documentary on after-death care of the body. Most of us have few opportunities to learn how to care for a body; this short film gives step-by-step instructions on how to do that in a simple, dignified, and loving way.
“Passing Through Our Hands” starts when the person dies and covers how to wash the body, dress and lay out the body, hold a vigil, and move the body into a coffin. It includes a link to guidelines and written instructions in addition to the video training.
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We have had rich meetings this fall when we shared our favorite books about death and dying, stories around the pre-death vigil, and poetry, painting and songs that have been meaningful.
Now we invite you to an evening when we have time………to hear your stories. Here you have an audience of open hearts. What has been your personal experience with death? How has that changed your life or shaped your current thoughts, wishes, or plans for the end of your life or that of your friends or family? As we listen to others’ stories, we better remember our own. And as we share our stories, we give a gift to the listener. So bring a story or come to be a listener. And you will be enriched.
MEETING ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2016, 7-9pm at the home of MARIANNE DIETZEL, 2954 HAMLINE AVE.N., ROSEVILLE, MN (one mile north of Hwy. 36, mailbox at end of driveway has an orange flag on it), 651-633-0432.
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Please join us on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 for an evening of heart-centered sharing about death and dying through poetry, music, and expressive exercises.
“In taking from us a being we have loved and venerated, death does not wound us without, at the same time, lifting us toward a more perfect understanding of this being and of ourselves.” —Rilke
Linda Bergh and Kyoko Katayama, MTN members, will guide this evening in exploring and sharing each others’ hopes and fears. We invite you to share a poem or image that has moved you.
Gathering will begin at 7pm at the home of Kyoko Katayama, 1474 Branston St., St. Paul, MN 55108 (Como Ave. Exit off 280, then off Como Ave – up the hill on Hendon near Luther Seminary) Phone: 651 485 7557.
MTN meetings are free and open to all.
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