Join MTN Twin Cities for a presentation on Tibetan approaches to death and death rituals, with local resident Lobsang Namru. Come prepared to learn and engage in respectful discussion as part of our Expanding the Conversation focus.
Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 7:00 pm 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.
All Minnesota Threshold Network meetings are free and open to the public.
Thank you for your interest in the Taking Care of Our Own workshop. We are canceling January 21 and will reschedule it for later this year. Thank you for your understanding.
The MTN Twin Cities January meeting is Death Over Dinner. Join us for a potluck dinner and conversations about death and dying.
January 10, 2017, 6:30pm
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
1895 Laurel Ave, St Paul, MN
RSVP to Anne Murphy, 651-964-9128, email@example.com.
Due to a variety of factors, the Twin Cities MTN chapter will have NO meeting in December. Watch for news about our Death Over Dinner event in January.
The September Twin Cities meeting was our 2nd annual book share, and here are the books we shared. Books are listed alphabetically by title. Where I’d put it in my notes, I’ve included who recommended which book and added their comments, so you can ask us about them later. -Eli
- Alison’s Gift, Pat Hogan.
- Caravan of No Despair, Mirabai Starr. Talks about her grief process after her daughter’s death. (Kyoko)
- Coming to Rest: A Guide to Caring for Our Own Dead, Julie Wiskind and Richard Spiegel (“The guy who made it up as he went”). Also contains several beautiful poems. (Karen Z)
- Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, Stephen Jenkinson (Griefwalker). Nancy isn’t sure if she liked it or not, but she was shocked, surprised, awed, baffled, and annoyed. She thinks it’s brilliant. A lot of hand gestures were involved. Hypercritical of medical establishment, hospice, & palliative care. Alternative vision of how to die. (Nancy, and also Dawn, who calls it an “interesting” read)
- The Grace in Dying, Kathleen Dowling Singh
- Greening Death, Suzanne Kelly. Becoming at one with the earth. Body-based and Earth-connected. Great quotes. (Anne A is very excited about this book). “Imagine the body as a great feast going back to the Earth.” Politics of green burial advocacy movement, how it’s connected to home funeral/home vigil community & FCA. Privilege/racism/economic accessibility issues around green burial movement, commodification of green death. (Anne A.)
- The Pagan Book of Living and Dying, Starhawk and the Reclaiming Collective. As far as we know, the only book dedicated to death and dying from the neo-Pagan perspective. The source of the body blessing in Passing Through Our Hands (unexpurgated version) (Eli)
- Penroe: In Another Field Without Time, Penny Bosselman (penroe.net)
- Stiff, Mary Roach. Getting popular with teenagers. (Jean)
- The Tao of Death, Karen Wyatt. Based in I Ching. If we’re reading about death, we’re working with our thinking. Brand new! (Linda)
- What Lasts Is the Breath, poems by Janet Eigner; illustrations by Steven Counsell. Poetry and art (Linda)
- What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying, Karen Wyatt. (Karen G)
- When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi. Neurosurgeon with lung cancer chronicles his journey toward death. (Linda)
What is old is often new again. Elizabeth Westrate’s A Family Undertaking uncovers a growing social trend: the home funeral movement. More often, Americans are choosing to do it themselves when it comes to burying loved ones and easing their own grief. Far from being a radical innovation, however, keeping funeral rites in the family or among friends is exactly how death was handled for most of pre-twentieth century America.
The showing will take place on Wednesday, November 9
(please note! Wednesday meeting
!) at 7 pm, at the home of Anne Murphy, 287 Mount Curve Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55105
(follow link for map). Minnesota Threshold Network meetings are free and open to the public, but donations of the heart are gratefully accepted.